Jesus is the Reason for the Season
By: Steve Hable
I know... you think I have my holidays mixed up. We always hear this phrase at Christmas time to remind us that Christmas is more than Santa Claus, shopping and merriment. During Holy Week which culminates in the celebration of Easter, there are many things which may distract us from the meaning of the season. Easter coincides with Spring Break for most public schools and universities which in many instances results in scheduling a vacation, a “long weekend,” or if the weather is right, a day at the beach. We get email, junk mail and personal recommendations for the best “Easter Brunch” in the county. It isn’t difficult to get distracted from the reason for the season.
Holy Week is the time to focus on the meaning of the season. It is a time to re-commit to making Jesus the center of our lives. It is the time to be in prayer, meditation and reflection. In John, Chapter 11, versus 25 and 26, Jesus said “….I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die.” The last weekend in March was the most recent Kairos ministry “weekend” at Donovan State Prison. As you would anticipate, most of the inmates entering the program are frustrated and discouraged about their lives. As we progress through the four-day event, there is a noticeable change in attitude. Anger and despair transform to hope and optimism for those that are nearing parole and for those that are serving sentences that likely will result in never leaving prison life. You don’t have to fall to their level to reach their level of faith. Christ provides hope and optimism for all of us. We just have to give Him a chance. See you on campus.