We celebrate the Fourth Sunday after Easter. As Eastertide reaches its midway point, we recall the Resurrection of our Lord as a transcendent event and remind ourselves that we shall in a matter of only a few weeks celebrate the Descent of the Holy Ghost.
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Alleluia, alleluia! Ps. 117:16 The right hand of the Lord has exercised power, the right hand of the Lord has lifted me up. Alleluia! Rom. 6:9 Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more; death shall no longer have dominion over Him. Alleluia! (Taken from the Gradual of the Mass)
Why Do We Forget the Mystery of Our Lord's Rising From the Dead
We so often hear and reminded that our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the Dead. As the Creed professes most solemnly, "Credo in unum Deum…Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis sub Póntio Pílato passus et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúrus…" [I believe in one God…Who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures…]
You profess our Lord's death and resurrection in all of your actions. All of our prayers are grounded in the central point of our Faith—that our Lord Jesus Christ, being truly dead and buried, by His own divine authority raised Himself from the dead. Our Lord was truly dead. Do we realize this? Do you internalize this? Let's take a minute and read from Fulton J. Sheen's "The Life of Christ" to better understand the transcendence of this historical event of unparalleled importance.
In the history of the world, only one tomb has ever had a rock rolled before it, and a soldier guard set to watch it to prevent the dead man within from rising: that was the tomb of Christ on the evening of the Friday called Good. What spectacle could be more ridiculous than armed soldiers keeping their eyes on a corpse? But sentinels were set, lest the Dead walk, the Silent speak, and the Pierced Heart quieken to the throb of life. They said He was dead; they knew He was dead; they would say He would not rise again; and yet they watched! They openly called Him a deceiver But, would He still deceive? Would He Who "deceived" them into believing they won the battle, Himself win the war for life and truth and love? They remembered that He called His Body the Temple and that in three days after they destroyed It, He would rebuild It; they recalled too, that He compared Himself to Jonah and said that was Jonah was in the belly of the whale for three days, so would He be in the belly of the earth for three days and then would rise again.
We continue to fail to marvel at the Resurrection. It was our Lord's disciples, who upon hearing the news, ran to the tomb to see for thems... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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