A Reason to Celebrate

Good Friday. Easter. Important holidays on the Christian calendar. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is well documented and is the event around which the Christian faith is centered.

Just in time for Easter weekend, the History channel is airing a show about the Shroud of Turin called The Real Face of Jesus. I caught the end of it the other night and hope to see it in full when it airs again this Saturday, April 3rd, at 7pm CST. The portion I was able to view was truly fascinating. You can click this link to read more about the premise of the documentary and the Shroud of Turin.

Bunnies and eggs are cute and may well be Easter-appropriate symbols of new life. I enjoy the chocolate varieties too! But, I never want to forget that this time is about remembering our Lord. Remembering His suffering on the cross and His triumph over death. Remembering that we can rejoice because the tomb is empty!

Jesus lives to offer us new life. If that’s not a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is.

St. Patrick’s Day Facts

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.
– St. Patrick

On this day in the year 461, St. Patrick died. Since that time, the life of this missionary to Ireland has been celebrated worldwide. Though it might be surprising for some to learn, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday.

For those of us who desire to know the origins of this holiday and the historical figure at the center of it all, history.com is one resource that offers more insight and fun facts such as this: Did you know … “The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.”

How will you celebrate the day? Corned beef and cabbage, anyone?