The Resurection of the Lord Jesus

The Resurrection of a crucified Man is the work of God’s Omnipotence, of His maximum capacity of power: bestowing life to death.  Just as it is that of granting the most plentiful, the most supernatural life to the most radical death, that of sin.

The Resurrection of Jesus constitutes the central theme of the pages of the Gospel we read in the Easter Vigil as well as in the Mass during the day and during Easter week. The Resurrection of the Lord was accomplished in silent transcendence. The Glorified Jesus was communicated to the disciples with exquisite pedagogy, the truth of His Resurrection, which He had already preannounced to them. The Risen Jesus left us as an initial «sign» the empty Tomb. Its meaning would be interpreted to the women by the Angel: «you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee» (Mt 28, 5-7).

It is not the faith of the disciples that brings about the Resurrection of the Master. It is the Resurrection of Jesus that which brings about the faith of the disciples. The experience of faith was transformed into an urgent need to communicate it. Ever since the time of Mary Magdalene and her companions (Jn 20, 17-18; Mt 28 10), the privilege of seeing Jesus implies the duty of announcing Him to others. Faith is a divine gift to be shared. It is either transmitted or it is lost.

«The faith of Christians —claims Saint Augustine—is the Resurrection of Christ». The Acts of the Apostles explain it clearly: «God has given assurance about Jesus to all men by raising him from the dead» (Hch 17,31). For death was not sufficient to demonstrate that Jesus was truly the Son of God, the awaited Messiah. The death of the Lord —says Benedict XVI— demonstrates the immense love with which He has loved us to the point of having sacrificed Himself for us; yet only His Resurrection is «secure proof», it is the certainty that what He states is true, valid for us and for ages to come. The Resurrection reveals to me the sense of the Cross. That is why Saint Paul preaches the Cross, a crucified Christ. Christ is the love crucified. And this crucified love culminates in Resurrection.

Since the day of Golgotha, the path for the heavenly glory of the Resurrection is the Cross. Therefore, beloved brothers and sisters, do not allow Satan to draw you away from the way that through the Cross leads to Resurrection.

Each Christian life develops in this same Passover spirit: by participating in the Cross of Christ, we participate in His glorious Resurrection. There is no other path. Just as there is no true Catholic school of spirituality unless it is founded upon this Paschal Mystery. If we do not embrace our cross, imitating Christ, that is to say, if we do not lose our own lives as Christ did, we cannot follow the Savior, we cannot truly be Christians (cfr. Lc 9,23-24). If we do not divest ourselves of the old man in virtue of the Passion of Christ, we will not be vested of the new man in virtue of His Resurrection (Ef 4,22-24) Instead, we attain by grace the marvel of that new superhuman, divine and celestial life embracing the cross and killing in it old, fleshly and adamic man.

It is important to reaffirm this fundamental truth of our faith. The weakening of faith in the Resurrection of Jesus has as a consequence the weakening of the testimony of the faithful. If faith in the Resurrection fails in the Church, all the rest is paralyzed, it all crumbles and uncertainty and fear will end up drowning everything, absolutely everything. We have abundant evidence of this in the “Covid 19” crisis which we have been forced to live during this Lent. Instead, the adherence of our hearts and minds to the dead and Risen Christ changes our lives and it enlightens our existence and that of society. Now there is space for hope and Christian heroism reflourishes.

 In Jesus’ empty Tomb, man’s yearning for immortality is now satisfied. Resurrection, my beloved brothers and sisters, should mark out with its light the painful path of your life.

 «If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain» (1Co 15,14). But He is Risen! Indeed, if Jesus is Risen, and therefore He is alive, who could ever separate us from Him? Who could deprive us of His love which has defeated hate and has vanquished death?

The Resurrection of a crucified Man is the work of God’s Omnipotence, of His maximum capacity of power: bestowing life to death.  Just as it is that of granting the most plentiful, the most supernatural life to the most radical death, that of sin.

Ever since this glorious day of the Resurrection our death is no longer an eternal one. Death is no longer of our property. Resurrection is the liberating Hand of God. How gracious will God not be when His liberating Hand, which frees us from sin and death, is Resurrection!

The life of a follower of Jesus does not end in death, in an occupied tomb. The life of the follower of Jesus leads into a tomb empty of death, yet full of Resurrection.

Easter engulfs us into a profound joy manifest in the tireless repetition of the Hallelujah!

The joy for Resurrection is a transfiguration of existence. It is warmth from a divine flame, from an unquenchable truth, a blazing flame of love in the profoundness of one’s own being. Mother Teresa of Calcutta tells us: “Do not let anyone fill you with sadness, to the point of making you forget the joy of the Risen Jesus.”

This is our mission: to live faith in Resurrection; to transmit that faith in Resurrection. It is the greatest good we can do for today´s world. Communicating this good is a task, but in the divine sense. Let us perform it well!

In order to be guided in the profound knowledge of the Risen One, let us fervently invoke Mary Most Holy. As Pope Francis said: “Let us ask her, the silent witness of the death and Resurrection of Jesus, to introduce us into Paschal joy.

 

Fr. Daniel Zavala

 

Fr. Daniel is a priest from the diocesis of Cuenca, Spain. He is actualiy in the College Maria Mater Ecclesiae in Rome. He's studying his doctorate in Canon Law to the Santa Croce.