“They hurried away from the tomb half-overjoyed, half-fearful, and ran to carry the good news to his disciples. Suddenly, without warning, Jesus stood before them and said, ‘Peace!’ The women came up and embraced his feet and did him homage. At this Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! Go and carry the news to my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, where they will see me.”
In this Easter season we should rejoice for our new life. And today’s scripture easily reminds us of the time when our obsession to drink was removed from us. Some of us were as the two women who encountered Jesus after His resurrection—half-overjoyed and half-fearful. I guess it was the startling experience of not being driven by alcohol that made us joyful yet fearful because we did not know whether or not this new state would last.
Then we were counseled by our sponsor to go and carry the message (good news) to other suffering alcoholics just as Jesus told the women to “go and carry the news to my brothers.” While still uncertain and somewhat skeptical, we did as we were told and found that doing so helped us to become more confident and comfortable in our sobriety. And so we have learned to “carry the message” daily.
Prayer: Dear Lord, let me be Your messenger with Your message today to anyone who crosses my path and needs help, a comforting word, support in the whirlwind of addiction and Your grace. Grant me the strength and proper words to use today in dealing with other alcoholics. Amen.
These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.