Letter to the Governor

Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson District President Pacific Southwest District

May 15, 2020,

Dear Sir, Governor Gavin Newsom,

God has granted you great responsibility as the governor of our state. We pray regularly for you in our churches, that you govern well, and that you experience God’s great love for you in Jesus Christ. Today, we write to respectfully request that you reclassify houses of worship as essential for the welfare of the community and that you plan for their reopening as quickly as possible. Although we advocate for all houses of worship, we directly represent over 300 churches and 200 schools in the State of California with 65,000 members and a student enrollment in excess of 25,000.

Spiritual Health Supports Physical Health A health crisis is also a spiritual crisis. The framers of the Constitution, while perhaps not envisioning such a turn of events as COVID-19, understood that religion provides a significant benefit to the state and chose to enshrine it with special privilege. At a time of crisis, more than ever, the citizens of this state need access to their communities of faith. The presence of the Body of Christ, as the Church, cannot be fully realized digitally. Presented with this virus and the resulting economic challenge, people need to know God’s power, presence, and love for them. Thus, we maintain that churches are not only essential to the well-being of people of faith but also to the citizens with whom they interact.

Taking Freedom Seriously You have zealously advocated for freedoms during your political career. We appreciate your watchful attention to the freedom granted in our constitution to assemble as the people of God. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod takes freedom seriously as well. We believe and confess a gracious God who has freed us from our own selfinterest to serve and love our community through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the whole world. For some time, we have encouraged our churches to refrain from assembling for the welfare of their own membership and, even more, for the love of their communities. We now entreat you to advocate for the needs and rights of citizens of this state to gather together physically and receive the gifts of Almighty God, to give Him praise, and to pray corporately for their communities. We know this must be done responsibly and pledge ourselves to follow civil authorities in promoting wise and thoughtful reopening guidelines which guard the health of our members and the welfare of the communities in which they live. It is with humility that we request you to act quickly in declaring houses of worship as essential for the welfare of the people of the State of California and arrange for their reopening as soon as possible. As leading citizens, we stand as servants of God with you,

Rev. Dr. Michael Gibson President, Pacific Southwest District

Rev. Michael Lange

DAILY DEVOTIONS FROM LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES

Playing Our Part”


Devotion

1 Corinthians 10:31b – Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

In our town the predictable floods of spring came again. Only they came earlier because we had a lot of rain in place of snow. As usual the ball diamonds down by the river were hit hard. The flood waters left debris 15 feet high in some trees. The unstoppable surge deposited mud and junk in dugouts and piled it up against outfield fences. It was a mess.

The ball diamonds are where my son will play baseball this summer. So, when the parents of ball players were called upon to help put things back in shape, my wife and I went. We arrived early that Saturday morning. When we inquired what we should do, we were asked to clean up the roadway. So we took our rakes and shovels and began the task.

Soon there were people all over the place. Some came with tractors and graders; others drove pickup trucks and brought trailers and wheelbarrows. There were fence mender’s, trash haulers, dugout cleaners, carpenters, cement workers, and grass seeders. One couple brought coffee and donuts; they became the food providers for the group.

One man did a lot of walking back and forth, smiling and saying words of encouragement to us as we continue to rake, shovel, and poked debris out of trees. He was using a walkie-talkie to communicate with someone. I guess he was a supervisor, probably self-appointed.

No one told us what to do beyond the first directive we received when we got there, so we kept on raking, shoveling, and poking things out of trees. We made a number of neat piles of trash that others hauled away later.

About noon we felt we had finished our task. Since no one had said anything to us about another job, we went home. The experience was interesting. People found things to do without much direction. (As the ball diamond was an obvious mess, we all knew our task was to clean it up.) It seemed people did the things for which they were equipped and which they felt comfortable doing. Obviously, we were comfortable being rakers, shovelers, and pokers. Nothing fancy, but it helped get the job done.

The experience reminded me of the gifts of the Spirit, which are listed in Scripture in several places (see 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16). We all come with God-given gifts and abilities. We may know what they are beforehand, or sometimes it may take some time to discover them. Regardless of that, however, they can be used to accomplish great things—in our communities, in our churches, in our neighborhoods, or even in getting a ball diamond ready for summertime baseball.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You have equipped us wonderfully to serve You and others. May we always use our gifts to do so. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

From The Lutheran Layman, June 1983 issue, “Debris and Diamonds” by Jon Suel

Reflection Questions:

1. Do you volunteer your time for people or causes? Do you find the experience rewarding?

2. What gifts do you think God has given you for the service of others? Do you get a chance to put them into action fairly often? How so?

3. How can we serve God in the small and ordinary things we do in our lives?

Today’s Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 15    Psalms 3    Psalms 69    John 4:27-54

ALIMENTO DIARIO

“Usando nuestros dones”


Háganlo todo para la gloria de Dios. 1 Corintios 10:31b


En nuestro pueblo volvieron las previsibles inundaciones de primavera. Solo que llegaron antes, porque en lugar de nieve, cayó mucha lluvia. Como de costumbre, los campos de béisbol río abajo fueron golpeados con fuerza. Las aguas de la inundación dejaron escombros de 15 pies de altura en algunos árboles. La oleada imparable depositó barro y basura en los refugios y lo apiló contra las cercas. Fue un desastre.

El campo de béisbol es donde mi hijo jugará béisbol este verano por lo que, cuando pidieron que los padres de los jugadores fueran a ayudar a limpiar, mi esposa y yo fuimos. Llegamos temprano ese sábado por la mañana. Cuando preguntamos qué debíamos hacer, nos pidieron que limpiáramos el camino. Así que tomamos nuestros rastrillos y palas y comenzamos la tarea.

Pronto se unieron muchas más personas. Algunos vinieron con tractores y niveladoras; otros con camionetas con remolques y carretillas. Había reparadores de vallas, recolectores de basura, limpiadores, carpinteros, constructores y jardineros. Una pareja trajo café y donas; se convirtieron en los proveedores de alimentos para el grupo.

Un hombre iba constantemente de un lado a otro, sonriendo y dándonos palabras de aliento mientras continuábamos rastrillando, traspalando y sacando escombros de los árboles. Nadie nos dijo qué hacer más allá de la primera directiva que recibimos cuando llegamos allí, así que seguimos rastrillando, traspalando y sacando cosas de los árboles. Hicimos varias pilas ordenadas de basura que otros tiraron más tarde.

Alrededor del mediodía sentimos que habíamos terminado nuestra tarea. Como nadie nos había dicho nada sobre otro trabajo, nos fuimos a casa. La experiencia fue interesante. Todos encontraron cosas que hacer sin mucha dirección. Parecía que cada uno hacía aquello para lo cual estaba equipado y con lo que se sentía cómodo, lo que ayudó a hacer el trabajo.

La experiencia me recordó los dones del Espíritu que se enumeran en las Escrituras en varios lugares (ver 1 Corintios 12; Romanos 12:1-13; Efesios 4:1-16). Todos venimos con dones y habilidades dados por Dios. Es posible que sepamos de antemano cuáles son o, a veces, puede llevar algún tiempo descubrirlos. Pero siempre se pueden usar para lograr grandes cosas en nuestra comunidad, en nuestra iglesia, en nuestro vecindario, o incluso para limpiar un campo de béisbol de verano.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, nos has equipado maravillosamente para servirte a ti y a los demás. Anímanos para que siempre usemos nuestros dones para hacerlo. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén.

The Lutheran Layman, Jon Suel


Para reflexionar:

  1. ¿Qué dones crees que Dios te ha dado para el servicio de los demás? ¿Tienes la oportunidad de ponerlos en acción con bastante frecuencia?
  2. ¿Cómo podemos servir a Dios en las cosas pequeñas y ordinarias que hacemos en la vida diaria?

DAILY DEVOTIONS FROM LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES

“Doing the Difficult Things”


Devotion

John 14:18-21 – (Jesus said) “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. Whoever has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Have you ever walked into a situation where you weren’t sure what to do or how to do it? Or maybe you knew what to do, but you still felt wildly out of place—these people were not your “kind of people,” and you wondered if you were going to stick out like a sore thumb. That happens to me in social situations, and it’s bad.

But it’s even worse when I’m going into a situation where I am doing something absolutely necessary that I’ve never done before—for example, doing personal care for a loved one who is dying of cancer. Technically it’s not that difficult to cook for someone, to change a diaper, to get trained on how to handle a stomach feeding tube or an ostomy bag. And yet it’s scary, the first time. I wish there was someone else who could borrow my hands, oversee my actions, and help me to do things right. Then, maybe, I could stop being so self-conscious. Then, maybe, I could relax a little and trust that it wasn’t going to be a disaster.

And that is a gift Jesus gives us, believe it or not. He says, “In that day (the day of Jesus’ resurrection) you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” We are not alone with the challenge that lies before us. Jesus is with us, is even in us—not just as a metaphor or a figure of speech, but for real. If we are willing to let it be so, our hands are His hands, and our mouths can be His mouth. We can pray for help and trust that He will in fact dwell within us, according to His promise—and that He will make His presence known.

That makes it so much easier to be the first one to take leadership in an emergency—to be the first to make peace when a family fight is raging—to act as a parent to your own parent or grandparent, to behave like a sister or brother to someone who comes from a totally different cultural background. It doesn’t matter if we ourselves are afraid and inadequate; Jesus is not. Jesus is living in us. We can call upon His strength whenever we need it. Thanks be to God.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, remind us that we are never alone in this world. We have Jesus, and He is all we need. In His Name. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Kari Vo.

Reflection Questions:

1. What is the hardest thing you have done this past year? Why was it hard?

2. Have you ever asked Jesus to “take over” when you had something difficult to do?

3. How did that work out?

Today’s Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 13-14    John 4:1-26

ALIMENTO DIARIO

“Haciendo las cosas difíciles”


[Dijo Jesús] No los dejaré huérfanos; vendré a ustedes. Dentro de poco, el mundo no me verá más; pero ustedes me verán; y porque yo vivo, ustedes también vivirán. En aquel día ustedes sabrán que yo estoy en mi Padre, y que ustedes están en mí, y que yo estoy en ustedes. El que tiene mis mandamientos, y los obedece, ése es el que me ama; y el que me ama, será amado por mi Padre, y yo lo amaré, y me manifestaré a él. Juan 14:18-21


¿Alguna vez te has encontrado en una situación en la que no estabas seguro de qué hacer? O tal vez sabías qué hacer, pero te sentías totalmente fuera de lugar: estas personas no eran tu “tipo de personas” y te preguntabas si ibas a sobresalir o desentonar. No es nada agradable.

Pero es todavía cuando me encuentro en una situación en la que estoy haciendo algo absolutamente necesario que nunca antes había hecho, por ejemplo, cuidar a un ser querido que se está muriendo de cáncer. Técnicamente no es tan difícil cocinar para alguien, cambiar un pañal, capacitarse sobre cómo manejar una sonda de alimentación estomacal. Sin embargo, la primera vez da miedo. Desearía que hubiera alguien más que pudiera supervisar mis acciones y ayudarme a hacer las cosas bien. Entonces, tal vez podría relajarme un poco y confiar en que no iba a ser un desastre.

Y ese es un regalo que Jesús nos da, lo creas o no. Él dice: ” En aquel día (el día de la resurrección de Jesús) ustedes sabrán que yo estoy en mi Padre, y que ustedes están en mí, y que yo estoy en ustedes”. No estamos solos con el desafío que nos espera. Jesús está con nosotros, está incluso en nosotros, no solo como una metáfora o una forma de hablar, sino de verdad. Si estamos dispuestos a dejar que sea así, nuestras manos son sus manos, y nuestras bocas pueden ser su boca. Podemos orar por ayuda y confiar en que Él de hecho morará en nosotros de acuerdo con su promesa, y que hará conocer su presencia.

Eso hace que sea mucho más fácil ser el primero en asumir el liderazgo en una emergencia, en hacer las paces cuando se desata una pelea familiar, en actuar como padre de sus propios padres o abuelos, en comportarse como hermana o hermano de alguien que proviene de un entorno cultural totalmente diferente y aterrador. No importa si tenemos miedo y nos sentimos inadecuados; Jesús no lo es. Jesús está viviendo en nosotros. Podemos invocar su fortaleza siempre que la necesitemos. ¡Gracias a Dios!

ORACIÓN:Padre celestial, recuérdanos que nunca estamos solos en este mundo. Tenemos a Jesús, y eso es todo lo que necesitamos. En su nombre Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo


Para reflexionar:

  1. ¿Qué es lo más difícil que has tenido que hacer últimamente? ¿Por qué fue difícil?
  2. ¿Alguna vez le has pedido a Jesús que “se haga cargo” cuando tenías que hacer algo difícil? ¿Cómo te fue?

DAILY DEVOTIONS FROM LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES

“Surviving Slander”


Devotion

1 Peter 3:13-17 – Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

Peter says something strange in this reading. He says, “When you are slandered …” Notice that little word, “when.” He doesn’t say, “if.” He says, “when.” It looks like Peter expects Christians to be slandered—pretty much every single one of us!

When I was younger, I didn’t give much thought to the Eighth Commandment. You know the one, “Don’t bear false witness against your neighbor”? I mean, I knew it was there, but I never expected it to have any really personal meaning for me. I tried to live an honest and open life, and I thought everybody would see that fact.

How wrong I was! A major storm blew up in our first parish, and my family was accused of all sorts of outrageous things. It was a nightmare. Still, we were fortunate. We were able to prove that the lies told about us were not true. There was an investigation, and we were found innocent. Nevertheless, the damage was done. We lost friends who believed the proverb, “Where there’s smoke, there must be fire.” We lost sleep, wondering how the lies would affect our future. And we lost our innocence, because the people who turned on us were trusted and close to us. Many years later, the scars are still there.

But Peter’s advice turned out to be exactly correct. If you are suffering from slander, Peter says not to be afraid of them. That’s a hard one. How can we do it? Peter says, “In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy.” If we keep our eyes on Jesus, it really helps with the fear. When we look at our holy, faithful, utterly trustworthy Lord, it helps us stay upright through the storms raging around us. Christ knows the truth, and He will not abandon us. In the end, He will bring us out the other side.

There is a saying, “Truth is great, and will prevail.” This is correct, though it may take many years before the truth is revealed, or it may not happen until Judgment Day. It is hard sometimes to wait for that relief. Nevertheless, we have everything we need to make it to that time. We have Jesus, who suffered from slander Himself, and who became our Savior. He knows what the way of the cross is like; He can help us walk it. He is God’s own truth, shining even through the clouds of lies. And He is our life-the One who holds us safely in His own hands, so that we will never perish. Whether we suffer from slander or from any other evil, let us keep our eyes on Jesus.

THE PRAYER: Lord, You know the troubles of my heart. Please help me. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Kari Vo.

Reflection Questions:

1. Has anyone ever lied about you? What effect did that have on your life?

2. Have you been tempted to lie or gossip about other people? How do you deal with the temptation?

3. When you are in deep trouble and want to cling to the Lord with all your strength, what kinds of things do you do?

Today’s Bible Readings: Psalms 32    Psalms 51    John 3:16-36

ALIMENTO DIARIO

“Sobreviviendo las calumnias”


¿Quién podrá hacerles daño, si ustedes siguen el bien? ¡Dichosos ustedes, si sufren por causa de la justicia! Así que no les tengan miedo, ni se asusten. Al contrario, honren en su corazón a Cristo, como Señor, y manténganse siempre listos para defenderse, con mansedumbre y respeto, ante aquellos que les pidan explicarles la esperanza que hay en ustedes. Tengan una buena conciencia, para que sean avergonzados aquellos que murmuran y dicen que ustedes son malhechores, y los calumnian por su buena conducta en Cristo. Es mejor que ustedes sufran por hacer el bien, si Dios así lo quiere, que por hacer el mal. 1 Pedro 3:13-17


Pedro espera que los cristianos sean avergonzados y calumniados, ¡sin excepción!

Cuando era más joven, no pensaba mucho en el octavo mandamiento: “No darás falso testimonio contra tu prójimo”. Sabía que existía, pero nunca esperé que tuviera un significado realmente personal para mí. Trataba de vivir una vida honesta y abierta, y pensaba que con eso alcanzaría.

¡Qué equivocada estaba! Una gran tormenta estalló en nuestra primera parroquia, y mi familia fue acusada de todo tipo de cosas escandalosas. Fue una pesadilla. Aun así, pudimos demostrar que las cosas que habían dicho sobre nosotros no eran ciertas, y finalmente nos encontraron inocentes. Pero el daño ya estaba hecho. Perdimos amigos. Perdimos el sueño preguntándonos cómo esas calumnias afectarían nuestro futuro. Y perdimos nuestra inocencia, porque quienes se volvieron contra nosotros eran personas de confianza y cercanas a nosotros. Muchos años después, las cicatrices siguen estando.

Pero el consejo de Pedro resultó ser exactamente correcto. Si sufres calumnias, Pedro dice que no les tengas miedo. Pero no es fácil. ¿Como podemos lograrlo? Pedro dice: “honren en su corazón a Cristo como el Señor”. Si mantenemos nuestra mirada en Jesús, perderemos el miedo. Cuando miramos a nuestro Señor santo, fiel y totalmente confiable, seremos capaces de mantenernos erguidos durante las tormentas que nos acosan. Cristo sabe la verdad y no nos abandonará. Al final, nos hará salir triunfadores.

Aunque puedan pasar muchos años antes de que se revele, la verdad siempre sale a luz. A veces es difícil esperar ese alivio. Sin embargo, tenemos todo lo que necesitamos para llegar a ese momento. Tenemos a Jesús, quien sufrió la calumnia y se convirtió en nuestro Salvador. Él sabe cómo es el camino de la cruz; Él puede ayudarnos a caminarlo. Él es la verdad de Dios, brillando incluso a través de las nubes de mentiras. Y Él es nuestra vida, Aquél que nos tiene a salvo en sus propias manos para que nunca perezcamos. Ya sea que suframos calumnias o cualquier otro mal, mantengamos nuestros ojos en Jesús.

ORACIÓN: Señor, conoces los problemas de mi corazón. Por favor, ayúdame. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo


Para reflexionar:

  1. ¿Has tenido la tentación de mentir o chismear sobre otras personas? ¿Cómo lidias con eso?
  2. ¿Qué cosas haces para aferrarte al Señor cuando estás en problemas?

DAILY DEVOTIONS FROM LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES

“How Important Is It, Anyway?”


Devotion

Acts 17:16-18 – Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.

There’s a bit of humor tucked away in this story of Paul’s visit to Athens. Some of the locals were trying to figure out what he was up to. They finally concluded that he was preaching about foreign gods—not just one, but more than one. How did they get that idea? Well, Luke says it was because “he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.” It looks like Paul mentioned the resurrection so often that some people decided he was preaching two gods—one named Jesus, and one named “Resurrection”!

Of course, we know better. But this tells us that Paul spent a lot of time talking about the resurrection—probably more than we’re used to hearing, even in church. Of course, it’s important. But is it that important?

Yes—yes, it is! But why? There are so many reasons, and here are just a few. When God raised Jesus from the dead, it was the first real proof that our long nightmare of death and destruction was ending. Here, finally, was the first human being who had passed through death and come out the other side—never to die again. That’s good news!

But there’s more. By raising Jesus from the dead, God made it clear that everything Jesus said and did had God’s stamp of approval. God would never raise a liar from the dead! But He raised Jesus. And so God says to the whole world, “This is My dear Son. Listen to Him!” (See Luke 9:35.)

There’s even more. We know that Jesus died on the cross to take away the power of sin, guilt, and evil over our lives. His death set us free. But forgiveness is invisible. If Jesus had stayed dead, how could we be sure He had set us free from sin? We would always wonder, wouldn’t we? But not now—because He has risen from the dead, and many eyewitnesses have seen Him. And the very first thing He said to the disciples gathered together in that locked room was “Kairete!” which is usually translated as “Greetings!” But if we take it literally, it means “Rejoice!”

Now that Jesus has risen from the dead, we have every reason to rejoice. The One we love the most in the world is alive again, and we will never lose Him. And He has opened paradise to us and to everyone who belongs to Him. This is what the resurrection means.

THE PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You for raising Your Son Jesus from the dead, and for letting us know and believe this wonderful news. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Kari Vo.

Reflection Questions:

1. Do you think most of the people you live and work with know about Jesus’ resurrection? Why or why not?

2. How often do you hear about the resurrection in your life?

3. Are there other reasons why the resurrection means so much to you?

Today’s Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 10-12    John 3:1-15

ALIMENTO DIARIO

“¿Cuán importante es?”


Mientras Pablo los esperaba en Atenas, su espíritu se enardeció al ver que la ciudad estaba entregada a la idolatría. Por eso en la sinagoga discutía con los judíos y con hombres piadosos, y también con todos los que a diario acudían a la plaza. Algunos filósofos de los epicúreos y de los estoicos discutían con él. Unos preguntaban: «¿De qué habla este parlanchín?» Y otros decían: «Es alguien que habla de dioses extranjeros.» Y es que les hablaba del evangelio de Jesús, y de la resurrección. Hechos 17:16-18


En esta historia de la visita de Pablo a Atenas hay un poco de humor escondido. Algunos de los lugareños estaban tratando de averiguar qué estaba haciendo. Finalmente, llegaron a la conclusión de que estaba predicando sobre dioses extranjeros, y no solo uno, sino más de uno. ¿Cómo llegaron a esa idea? Bueno, Lucas dice que fue porque “él estaba predicando a Jesús y la resurrección”. ¡Parece que Pablo mencionó la resurrección tan a menudo, que algunas personas decidieron que estaba predicando dos dioses, uno llamado Jesús y otro llamado “Resurrección”!

Nosotros sabemos que no es así. Pero esto nos dice que Pablo pasó mucho tiempo hablando de la resurrección, probablemente más de lo que estamos acostumbrados a escuchar, incluso en la iglesia. Por supuesto que es importante. Pero, ¿será que es tan importante?

¡Sí, que lo es! ¿Por qué? Hay muchas razones, aquí van solo algunas. Cuando Dios levantó a Jesús de entre los muertos, fue la primera prueba real de que nuestra larga pesadilla de muerte y destrucción estaba terminando. Jesús había resucitado, venciendo a la muerte para no morir nunca más. ¡Esas son buenas noticias!

Pero hay más. Al resucitar a Jesús de entre los muertos, Dios dejó en claro que todo lo que Jesús dijo e hizo tuvo el sello de aprobación de Dios. ¡Dios nunca levantaría un mentiroso de entre los muertos! Pero resucitó a Jesús. Y entonces Él le dice a todo el mundo: “Este es mi hijo amado. ¡Escúchenlo!” (Lucas 9:35).

Aún hay más. Sabemos que Jesús murió en la cruz para quitar el poder del pecado, la culpa y el mal sobre nuestras vidas. Su muerte nos liberó. Pero el perdón es invisible. Si Jesús se hubiera quedado muerto, ¿cómo podríamos estar seguros de que nos había liberado del pecado? Siempre estaríamos dudando. Pero ya no más, porque ha resucitado de entre los muertos y muchos testigos oculares lo han visto. Y lo primero que dijo a los discípulos reunidos en esa habitación cerrada fue “¡Kairete!” que generalmente se traduce como “¡Saludos!” Pero si lo tomamos literalmente, significa “¡Alégrate!”

Ahora que Jesús ha resucitado de la muerte, tenemos toda razón para alegrarnos. Aquél a quien más amamos en el mundo está vivo para siempre, y ha abierto el paraíso para nosotros y para todos los que le pertenecen. Esto es lo que significa la resurrección.

ORACIÓN: Querido Padre, gracias por resucitar a tu Hijo Jesús de la muerte y por dejarnos saber y creer esta maravillosa noticia. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo


Para reflexionar:

  1. ¿Con qué frecuencia escuchas hablar, o hablas tú, sobre la resurrección?
  2. ¿Hay más razones por las cuales la resurrección significa tanto para ti?