The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to our Catholic-Christian faith. But the Resurrection must be looked at from multiple angles. First, and foremost, it must be acknowledged in faith, hope, and Love as the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, victorious over death and sin.
We must also consider what it means for us here and now. Just as the Cross and Passion of Jesus have an infinite meaning for our suffering, so does the Resurrection of the Merciful Messiah teach us so many priceless Truths.
Correlating our suffering, our trials, our tribulations, and the many deaths of our sinful ways, with the Passion and death of Jesus, we must see our Lord’s Resurrection as the ultimate symbol of our resurrections in repentance, contrition, confession, penance, and the conversion of our life in ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ of Jesus as taught by Holy Mother Church.
But even more than this, in thinking of others more than ourselves, Resurrection in Jesus is best exemplified in His Merciful Holy Spirit of forgiveness. We can crucify many people, and kill them in our spirit, if we refuse to forgive them, if we refuse to pray for them, ultimately cutting off our portion of God’s saving grace to them.
And this would go against the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 28: What you do unto the least of these my brethren you do unto me.’ The spiritual and corporal works of Mercy are Jesus’ lifeline of resurrection to those dying in sin. When we are charitable (for the glory of God) we raise the dead, when we forgive as He forgives we raise the dead, when we pray–even for our enemies–we raise the dead, and when we foster faith and hope, through evangelization and humble witness, we raise the dead.
Ultimately, Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life…but we are His Body here and now, sustained and strengthened through the Church, the Eucharist, and the Spirit, to be the hands and feet of His Resurrection.
God bless, Thomas V Yanoti MTS