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An endowed gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

At Dawn, Rejoice and Dance

The earth responded to the crucifixion of Jesus with consuming darkness, thunder and lightning, and an oppressive sense of foreboding unease. It didn’t last. Each Lenten season, we are reminded of the sacrifice of Christ and the significance of our uniting with him in baptism, purposeful and sober, reflective and selfless. Easter week, we celebrate the sacrificial death of the Savior in somber terms and meditative worship. Then, on Resurrection Sunday, we rise to honor the Victorious One who would not be held by the enemy, nor by sin and death and the grave. It is a time for rejoicing, a time to dance!

“I praise you Lord, for you raised me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me,” the psalmist David wrote, as recorded in Psalm 30. It is a universal cry of victory and ready dependence on the goodness and provision of God. “I cried out to you, and you healed me. You brought me up and kept me from going down to the pit.” David then translated his personal victory to others, including us: “Sing praise to the Lord, you faithful; give thanks to God’s holy name. At dusk, weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing.”

“You changed my mourning into dancing,” David continued. “You took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. With my whole being I sing endless praise to you. O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.” From biblical accounts of those difficult hours, we know the disciples and the other followers of Christ were horrified by the crucifixion. Seemingly defeated, they felt lost, alone and threatened by the possibility of a similar fate. They scattered. We can only imagine their sense of separation and alienation. After all, the triumphal entry of their Messiah—“Hosanna! Hosanna!”—had occurred only one week before. Could a week possibly contain a greater emotional swing? Their answer came in the morning.

At dawn, women went to the tomb to attend the body of their Master. Long before dusk on that day, they—as well as the disciples—would know ultimate victory. Their Savior had risen! At first confused and unsure, it quickly became a cause for rejoicing, a time to dance. “Weeping comes for the night, but at dawn there is rejoicing. Sing praise to the Lord!” Living in the power of the resurrection, we too rejoice in that victory. In times of certainty and unsteady concern, we celebrate because we know we rest best when we remain in the hands of God.

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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