Thoughts on a Friday

Brennan Manning’s recent death prompted me to revisit some of his writing, so here’s a bit for Easter:

The meaning of Easter is more than hope beyond the grave, more than the infallible guarantee that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pledge of my own.  His Easter victory means first his sovereignty over the living as well as the dead.  The risen Christ is Lord of my life right now, meaning he is God above all the gods of the unreal world out there — security, power, wealth, beauty, or whatever else makes false claims on my life.  Easter means for me empowerment to freedom, the freedom to be a living fulfillment of the First Commandment, “I am the Lord your God. … You shall have no other gods before me.”

~from Reflections for Ragamuffins

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