I Am with You, Declares the Lord (Haggai 1:13)

Haggai 1:13 says, "Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord." This reassurance was given to the Israelites who had returned from exile and were tasked with rebuilding the temple. They were discouraged and overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, but God, through Haggai, reminded them that He was with them, providing the strength and encouragement they needed to continue their work. Today, this verse is a powerful reminder that God’s presence is always with us, especially when we face daunting challenges. Just as the Israelites felt overwhelmed by the task of rebuilding, we too often encounter situations that seem beyond our abilities. Whether it is a demanding job, family responsibilities, or personal struggles, we can feel discouraged and unsure of how to move forward. In these moments, God’s declaration, "I am with you," offers us the comfort and strength we need to persevere. Making this re

Tenth Day of Lenten Reflection: "I am the resurrection and the life"

On this tenth day of Lenten Reflection, we delve into the profound declaration of Jesus Christ: "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25). This statement is not just a cornerstone of Christian faith but also a source of immense hope and comfort, particularly during the Lenten season, which anticipates the celebration of Jesus' resurrection.

Jesus' proclamation, "I am the resurrection and the life," was spoken in the context of the death of Lazarus, offering both a present reality and a future promise. It reminds us that in Jesus, death does not have the final say; rather, life does. This truth is central to our Lenten journey, as it directs our gaze beyond the solemnity of the cross to the victory of the empty tomb.

Reflecting on Jesus as the resurrection and the life invites us to contemplate the transformative power of the resurrection in our own lives. It is a call to live in the reality of new life that Christ offers—a life marked by freedom from sin, restored relationship with God, and the hope of eternal life. In a world where death and despair can often seem overwhelming, this promise of resurrection and life is a beacon of enduring hope.

This Lenten season, as we engage in self-examination and repentance, we are also reminded that in Christ, we find the grace to rise above our failures and frailties. The resurrection power of Jesus is not just a future hope but a present reality that empowers us to live lives of purpose, service, and joy. It is an invitation to experience the transformative power of God's love and to allow that power to renew our minds and hearts.

Furthermore, Jesus' identity as the resurrection and the life has profound implications for how we view death and grief. For those who believe in Christ, death is not an end but a transition to a more glorious reality in God's presence. This perspective offers comfort in times of loss and grief, providing a source of strength and hope in the midst of sorrow.

As we continue our reflection through Lent, let us meditate on what it means to find our life in Christ. May we embrace the resurrection life that Jesus offers, allowing it to transform us from the inside out. Let us live with the confidence that comes from knowing that, in Christ, death is overcome, and life—abundant and eternal—is our inheritance. In embracing Jesus as the resurrection and the life, we find the true essence of hope, renewal, and joy that underpins our Lenten reflections.

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