A Lighter Side for Easter

Marriage Arguments
Bill and Mary had been married only a few years when they noticed they were arguing and quarreling about a number of things, most of which were unimportant. Being sensible, they talked it over calmly and agreed that every time got into an argument, they would both drop a hundred shilling bill into a container which they labeled: “New Church Building Fund.” One evening later on, as they walked by the half-completed church, Bill laughed: “Honey, when that church is finished we can say: ‘That is what we’ve been fighting for’.”

An Initiative of Jesus Youth A Missionary Movement at the Service of the Church

Don Bosco Utume
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April 12, Easter Sunday: Issue 90

Jambo You(th) is a weekly news letter aimed at helping the Youth in moulding their daily lives in Christ. Our vision is expressed in just two phrases: GOOD CHRISTIANS and RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS.

A girl had prayed daily for ten years to St. Joseph for a good husband. With no sign that her request would ever be granted. She began to lose confidence. One Sunday morning, she returned from Mass and knelt down before the statue of St. Joseph imploring him to grant her request. But after ten minutes, in a fit of irritation and despair, she pulled the statue from the table and threw it through the open window. A young man passing by the house was struck on the head with it, getting a rather severe cut. He knocked at the door of the house for help, and perhaps an explanation. The client of St. Joseph apologized, offering to attend the injury. They became good friends. Six months later they were happily married.

Features

Marriage from St. Joseph

Pep-up To the Young Points to Ponder Saint of the Week Jokes Last Drop

: Stories for Reflection : Resurrection, Prove it me : Let me Remember... : St. Magnus : For a Lighter Side of Easter : Easter is the Gift

A Broken Chrysalis
It's truly amazing what a girl will do for love. My wife, Jean, and I lived next door to each other for ten years before we were married. My first year interest in high school biology had sparked a live caterpillar collection. Their home was a shoe box, covered with screen wire. When I went on vacation, Jean fed them faithfully with leaves from her willow tree. She hated it. Finally the caterpillars stopped their incessant crawling and chewing, attached their tails firmly to a stick and lay still, sheathed with a shiny leather-like case. For weeks they seemed to be dead, unmoving in their tiny gray wrappings. I removed the screen and waited. One by one, the gray cases began to twist and turn violently, and suddenly split open. A beautiful butterfly emerged. It stood for hours gently moving its wings, pumping fluids into them to extend them fully. Then the butterfly soared gracefully away on the breezes of summer, leaving nothing behind but a broken chrysalis to indicate its former bondage. The chrysalis and butterfly suggest the empty grave clothes of our risen Lord. When Peter and John heard the news that the Lord's body had gone from the garden tomb, they ran all the way from their lodging. Peter entered the tomb and "he saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen" (John 20:6-7, NIV). The grave clothes once wrapped continuously around the body now lay collapsed, mute testimony that the corpse they had once shrouded had now emerged in life. The bondage of death is broken. Christ is risen! We can face tomorrow with the assurance that Jesus is in fact alive to help us, to guide us, to give us hope for the future. And since He is living, our problems are not insolvable. The broken chrysalis of His grave clothes proclaims that Christ is Victor even over death. Because He lives, nothing is impossible. Ralph F. Wilson

Last Drop
Easter Is The Gift…
Easter is the gift of HOPE Easter is the gift of PEACE Easter is the gift of LOVE Let us rejoice in Him, Who gives them all. May God bless you at Easter, And keep you all year through. May God give you all the faith it takes, To make your dreams come true. May His love and wisdom always help, To guide you on your way. May His light shine down upon you now, To bless your Easter Day.

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Resurrection? Prove It to Me
"Raised from the dead? Sure. Right. And I have a bridge I'd like to sell you." That's how Thomas might have responded if he had lived in our day. "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." He'd seen dead people before. And Jesus was dead. He sounds like sophisticated rationalists of the Twenty-first Century. "It isn't plausible," they would contend. "It didn't happen." But what if it did happen? Thomas was convinced when Jesus appeared to him, reached out his hands to Thomas, and said, "Put your finger here." Thomas dropped to his knees. "My Lord and my God!" It was self-hypnosis, you counter. The disciples wanted to believe that their Lord was not dead, so they just invented it out of whole cloth. Really? Let's look at some of the evidence. 1. Jesus' body was missing. If the Jews could have found it, they could have stilled the preaching of Jesus' resurrection that filled Jerusalem. But they could not. 2. The body wasn't stolen. The Romans had no motive. The Jews had no motive. “Ah-ha”, you say, “the disciples stole it.” There is the matter of the Roman guards, and the disciples' initial disbelief when the women brought them the news early that Easter morning. This brings me to my third point. 3. If the disciples had stolen the body, you wouldn't expect them to risk their lives. People don't die for what they know is not true. But the disciples put their lives on the line, and nearly all were eventually martyred for their faith. They certainly believed it. 4. The church mushroomed size in Jerusalem, the very place he was crucified. Followers of Jesus in the city of Jerusalem grew from a few dozen to thousands upon thousands soon after Jesus' resurrection. They believed it was true. 5. Contemporary documents refer to the event. Thallus the Samaritan, Suetonius, Tacitus, Pliny contain references to Jesus. Jewish historian Josephus writes about Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. They knew something had happened. Jesus' resurrection from the dead is actually more plausible than any other explanation. That's why we Christians make such a big deal about Easter. That's why we celebrate. Jesus' resurrection means that death is not the end. That though my body may lie mouldering in the ground, Jesus, whom the Father raised from the dead, gives me eternal life. Ultimately, we Christians believe, our bodies, too, will be raised from the dead. And since Jesus is not dead, people can encounter him today. You can know him through a personal relationship. I could point to lots of people who can testify what Jesus has done in their lives to bring them from the brink of disaster to peace and meaning and joy. He changes people for good. If you're not sure you can't really say you've met this risen Jesus, this Easter Sunday why don't you slip into church to seek him. And perhaps in the midst of our celebration, you'll find him for yourself. He's alive, you know. That's what Easter is all about!

Let Me Remember...
On Easter morning as I awake, I recall memories that make me quack, For long ago on Calvary, My Jesus died to set me free; I'll never really understand, Why God made such as a wondrous plan, That When He saw a humble man, Jesus fulfilled God's perfect plan; The Crown of thorns upon His head, The blood that for my soul He shed, The cries of pain and agony, It was all to set this captive free; In life and death he bore my pain, To make a way that life I'd gain, And when He comes for us again, The plan of God will be made plain; Those nail- scarred hands and feet, Were all for us to stop defeat, For now our soul can soar with Him, The final Battle we will win; My eyes will I lift to heaven above, To catch a glimpse of God's divine love, Our flight will end in heaven I know... Loretta Jane Moore

SAINT for the WEEK April 16 St. Magnus
St. Magnus came from the Orkney Islands, and was born in about 1075, son of one of the two Viking rulers of the Orkneys. His early life was spent in piracy, but he was then converted to Christianity. Captured by the King of Norway, he was compelled to take part in pirate raids on the west coast of Britain, but on one occasion, in Anglesey, he refused to join in and stayed on his boat reading the Psalms. This should have brought about his death, but he contrived to escape and make his way to the court of the King of Scotland, Malcolm III, where he lived as a penitent. Later he was to return to the Orkneys and set about sharing the government of the islands with his cousin, Haakon. His cousin’s henchmen ended this arrangement by murdering him, and he died praying for his killers. He is the patron of the Orkney and Shetland Islands and the North of Scotland, and his relics were rediscovered in St. Magnus’ Cathedral, Kirkwall, during rebuilding in 1919. There is also a church dedicated to him near London Bridge. Tradition has it that he appeared to Robert the Bruce on the eve of the Battle of Bannockburn (1314) and promised him a victory.

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

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