Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again
Reverend Chev. Wollom A. Jensen, D.A., ACTJ
Deputy Grand Assistant Chaplain

Excellencies All:

Sister Dames, Brother knights, Templars all. We are now at the end of the first week of Easter as we celebrate a week of Sundays in grateful thanksgiving for the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The tomb is empty, the “Alleluia” has returned to our liturgies, and the Easter narrative of life’s victory over death is being told, retold, and recalled from pulpits across the church. In solemn chants, joyous hymns, and the liturgy of the Eucharist we hear the familiar proclamation, “Christ our Passover Lamb is Sacrificed. Therefore, Let us keep the feast. Alleluia.” Followed by our joyful recitation of the mystery of our faith, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.”

How strange, then, it is to hear the Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Easter recorded in St. John 20:19-31, and especially verses 27 & 29. “Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’. Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” You and I, like Thomas our brother, have believed not because we have seen, but because we believe we see the Risen Christ in many different places but especially in the Bread and Cup of the Eucharist and for that we have been blessed. However, "blessed," as it is used here and in the Beatitudes of St. Matthew’s Gospel may not always mean what we think it does. Blessed are the poor in spirit… blessed are those who mourn… blessed are the meek… blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… blessed are the merciful… blessed are the pure in heart… blessed are the peacemakers… blessed are thos who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake… blessed are you when people revile and persecute you…. The Greek word is makarioi and it means “happy." Not happy in the sense of light-hearted or frivolous, but happy in the sense, perhaps of Shalom or maybe Aristotle’s "eudaimonia." Those who believe without seeing are happy in the sense of being profoundly content because they have come to understand and accept their total dependence upon God, who raised Jesus from the dead, as their source for their participation in His victory over death and therefore participants in the victory of their own personal deaths. Because Jesus lives we too shall live!

Remember Sister Dames and Brother Knights that when you sign your name using the five letters common to our order: nnDnn, that you are making a declaration of your total dependence upon the God of the living Lord Jesus Christ. Remember also that that declaration of faith is the faith expressed in the mystery of our faith, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”. Therefore keep the feast of life in your own lives. Let that declaration guide your actions as you live a life of charity, purity, and chivalry. You are blessed, that is, you have been made contentedly happy in the security of the Jesus who came to Thomas and the other disciples saying, “Peace be with you!” Amen.

Non Nobis, Domine, Non Nobis, Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.

(Editeur's Note: Reverend Chev. Jensen submitted this article to me in April, appropriately in time for the Easter season. He was advised that there would not be a Templar Times publication until June/July. Even though we are now past the 50 days of the Easter season, I felt that Reverend Chev. Jensen's message of Easter and of Christ being risen, was still an appropriate message to be read and embraced throughout the year.)

 

July 2019
Regular publication of SMOTJ GPUSA

In This Issue

  A Word from the Grand Prior

  Unveiling of the ARTM

  Christ has died...

  Milwaukee Brewed

  Raymond Davis Society, etc.

  Scholarship Students Graduate

  East Meets West

  Lead Generation Process

  Music for Charity

  Priory News

  Priory News (Cont'd)

  GPUSA Calendar

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