I recently watched the movie Life is Beautiful for the first time in about 10 years.
It's a good thing, too, because I almost forgot how powerful a movie it is.
For those of you that haven't seen the movie, it's a heart-tugging story about a Jewish man who is so positive, and so uplifting, that he even makes the most of a Nazi-era Concentration Camp.
That movie, coupled with today's Gospel reading and the Easter season, led me to reflect on how beautiful our lives really are.
Sure, we all have our issues, our struggles, and our crosses to endure.
But they all pale in comparison to what life would be like if Jesus did not make the ultimate sacrifice for us, and if God wasn't eternally willing to forgive us.
Imagine, for just one minute, that there was nothing to look forward to. That, after taking our last breath, our souls would languish in emptiness for eternity.
(go on, I'll wait)
Kinda scary, huh?
Life would be pointless! Like a relatively short distraction on our way to perpetual gloom.
But thanks to Christ, we have Hope.
Hope that our lives are leading us to an eternity surrounded by God's love and joy in Paradise. That our future is a place where there is no sadness, no pain, and no emptiness.
Just our Father's never ending beauty.
Unfortunately, in the movie, Roberto Benigni's character is forced to make life beautiful for his son and everyone around him.
Luckily, in the real world, Jesus has already done that for us.