Today, I’d like to share with you about the Paschal Mystery, an ancient Christian principle that we don’t often discuss, unless perhaps during Easter. In essence, to become Paschal is to become anti-fragile, and this occurs when we recognize that in our salvation, we were given the gift of redemption, not just of our souls, but also of all of our earthly circumstances. This means that whenever we are hurt, attacked, or have a dream die, if we respond in faith, fresh life will eventually emerge from the unpleasant experience. Things that die in Christ come back to life with even more strength! You were given death when you were baptized into Christ. Did you realize that? You became a partaker of both His death and His life when you received Him, which may sound weird. As a result, if you are a believer who is experiencing grief, anguish, or loss and responds with faith, you will see new life rise from the darkness. This is what Jesus is referring to when He says that “unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Although He is referring to His own death in this passage, the premise of redemption remains the same, because He lives in you and you share His nature!
Friend, throughout your life, I advise you to embrace endings. Although the emotions that come with loss can be overwhelming, they become less dark and menacing when you learn to see them through the lens of redemption. Every difficult experience you have has the potential to yield bigger blessings and to benefit not only you but the world around you. When death in your life bears fruit, you’ve experienced one of the Christian faith’s greatest blessings: Jesus’ resurrection power at work in your life!