By: Mary Woodward
Picture this: At the crack of dawn on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene comes bursting into the room where the Twelve (well, Eleven) are somberly standing and waiting for something to happen. They have no idea what to do next: their friend, teacher, and Father is dead. With these thoughts weighing on their minds, it comes as quite a shock (that might be an understatement) when Mary Magdalene announces that the tomb.... is empty.
Peter and John take off running, not yet daring to hope but knowing that something bigger than death is going on. When they arrive, the shroud is folded neatly to the side, away from the other burial cloths. And Jesus?
He's nowhere to be found.
What is it about the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus that's so amazing?
Think about it: Jesus defied the laws of nature and rose from the dead, which is amazing, but it had been done before. Jesus called Lazarus back to life, and he had been dead for four days. Rising from the dead wasn't a unique feat for Jesus.
Jesus took away the sins of the world, which is beyond amazing, but can we expect less from the God who loves us endlessly and infinitely? Surely this is not what so grasps our attention.
What makes the events of the past few days so amazing is simple: Jesus is only human. Yes, his humanity was perfectly unified with his divine nature, but it was a human body that was tormented on the cross. It was a human body that was laid in the tomb. It was a human body that took the sins of the world onto its shoulders, and it was a human body that rose from the dead.
At any point in time, God could have banished death and removed the punishment of our sin. In fact, at any given moment he could annihilate evil completely, but he allows it to endure so that we can always choose to love him instead of following because there's no other option.
He didn't snap his fingers and destroy sin, though. Instead, he conquered it by becoming the very thing that was a slave to sin- a human. That's what makes the destruction of sin by his death and Resurrection so amazing- not that it happened, but that it happened through the love of a human. God loves us so much that he was willing to forsake the infinite power of his divinity and limit himself to the capacity of a finite human.
So here's why the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus are so amazing: it was all the work of a human. A human saved us from sin, and now mere humanity is accounted worthy to participate in the Trinity.
But even more than that, what amazes us is that, like Jesus, we are only human, too.
"The secret of success is to make your vocation your vacation." - Mark Twain
The last month of school in my religion class was dedicated to vocations. I was blown away by how much content and "good stuff to know" I learned throughout the process! And just for you all, I have a whole notebook stocked full with quotes, thoughts and other randomness about vocations and other people’s vocational journeys. Just kidding, I had to take notes anyways. (I mean, it's school! What do you expect!)
But I learned throughout this process, how difficult and daunting this process can be. I mean, how can a 13 year old learn what to do with her life? But hopefully, through this Vocation Series, both you and I can learn how to answer this call from God thoroughly and with great joy and purpose.
When most young people (including me) think about vocation, they think about just about the main question. Will I be married? A priest? Single? A sister?
Yet, a vocation is so much more. A vocation is a direct call to holiness from God that will make you happy.
Key words- holiness, God, and happy.
To make your vocation your vacation, you must be happy.
What comes to mind when you think of a vacation? I always think of sleeping in, good food, nice hotels and my family around me.
Now what do you think of a vocation? Right now in my life, I think of a happy life covered with a fog of uncertainty because right now, I have no clue whatsoever what God is calling me to do in life. Well, maybe a little bit, but not much. :)
I bet most of you are in the same boat of "what should I do with my life". If so, please take this series to heart. If not, have fun (and learn from) looking at the confused people who are still deciding what to do with their lives. :)
So join me in trying to make your future vocation a vacation.
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