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  The Power of the Resurrection in our Lives: Christ Is Risen; Indeed, He Is Risen!

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The Power of the Resurrection in
our Lives: Christ Is Risen; Indeed, He Is Risen!

Catholics do not believe in the Resurrection
merely because we have been told it is so; we believe in it because the living
community of the Church has witnessed it. We are a people who have witnessed the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There is great cause for belief in the Resurrection. One of
the most wonderful tenets of Catholicism and the true Christian religion the
Church transmits, is that the Resurrection is a historical event. We do not
believe Christ is resurrected only because we are told he is, nor only because
we read of his rising from the dead in Sacred Scripture; we believe the Lord is
risen because we were witnesses as a people to this profound, singularly unique
and life changing event, and because Christ -- who is God-made-man -- revealed
himself to us as the Risen Lord.



GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online):
During his general morning audience on 3 April, our Holy Father Pope Francis
gave a brief catechesis for the Year of Faith in which he emphasized how the
Resurrection should influence our thoughts and actions positively, infuse us
with an unsurpassable hope, and thus enable us to live a new life of joy that
manifests resolute courage.

"It is precisely the Resurrection that offers
us the greatest hope," said Pope Francis, "because it opens our lives and the
life of the world to God's eternal future, to complete happiness, to the
certainty that evil, sin, and death can be conquered. This leads us to living
our everyday lives more confidently, to facing each day courageously and with
commitment. Christ's Resurrection shines new light on our everyday realities.
Christ's Resurrection is our strength!"

In this highly secularized age,
the fact that humankind is a people who are destined to be resurrected, as was
Christ, is often overlooked, forgotten, ignored, even rejected. This tragedy has
led to all manner of error, loss of hope and despair, including a disordered
sense of what life is and what life is about. If we fail to understand God's
intent for our future, which is complete human fulfillment and the perfect
happiness of everlasting life as a resurrected people, then we cannot possibly
hope to understand what it means to live in the here and now. A person who has
blinded himself to God's plan is a person whose life will remain stunted,
unfulfilled, impaired.

Also, much of the doubt and unbelief about the
Resurrection and our future as a resurrected people is due to ignorance and lack
of catechesis. Catholics who attend the divine liturgy each Sunday and on other
Holy Days of obligation regularly hear the truth of the Resurrection and the
promise it entails during the Liturgy of the Word (that part of Mass in which
the scriptures and the gospel are proclaimed). Therefore the approaching
resurrection of the People of God is something with which they are
familiar.

However, the majority of Christians in America are not
Catholic, and therefore do not attend the divine liturgy. Further, the number of
Catholics in America who attend Mass each Sunday has dwindled to an appallingly
low percentage (about 30%). Even greater is the number of Catholics and other
Christians who fail to diligently study the doctrines of the Christian religion,
which is a serious problem throughout contemporary Christendom.

If we
desire to live in eternal communion with God, we ought desire to attend the
divine liturgy in which "the work of our redemption is accomplished"
(Sacrosanctum Concilium 2), live in full communion with the Church of Jesus
Christ, and learn all we can about the doctrines of the true Christian religion
as it is transmitted by the Church, including, of course, the Resurrection and
what it means for our future.

Another element we should not overlook, one
which is often incorrectly perceived as an obstacle, is that the Resurrection is
a fantastic event. The historicity of the gospels, the fact that the risen
Christ appeared to "more than five hundred brethren at one time" (1 Cor 15:6),
the emphasis on the Resurrection in many places in the New Testament, and the
constant teaching of the Church attesting to the reality of the Resurrection are
not enough for many people. That we will one day rise from the dead is simply
too much for some to accept. However, people of faith know all things are
possible for God (Mt 19:26). God keeps his promises.

There is also the
problem of the emptiness and disappointments of this life being projected into
the next. Since this life can be, at times, so harsh, difficult and painful,
some ask, "Who would want to live forever?" Further, there are other questions,
such as, "What does it mean to live forever? Am I to go on in some sense as I am
now? And how can I endure an everlasting 'now'? Will I experience boredom, or
will I feel sadness over those who chose the wide road of destruction (Mt
7:13)?" These and other problems that some people encounter in thinking about
everlasting life and the resurrection of the dead are often a product of a
failure to live a life of prayer and holiness, to love God above all things, and
to take seriously the requirement to learn the tenets of the faith that the
Church transmits to the nations. Consequently, their belief in the coming
resurrection is plagued with misunderstanding, fear, doubt,
uncertainty.

It must be remembered that God is love (1 Jn 14:6), and he
intends nothing but our greatest good. It is not enough for God to make us only
partially happy; it is not in God's nature to leave us unfulfilled; it is
contrary to God's complete goodness to bestow upon us only something temporarily
nice but nevertheless fleeting. Think about what Christ endured for our sake:
that alone should be totally convincing of the love of God. The resurrection of
the People of God is a promise filled with everlasting joy, completeness,
perfect happiness and unending life. It is not simply a hope, it is the hope;
for, as St. Paul reminds us, if Christ has not been raised, our faith is futile,
we are still in our sins, and those who have fallen asleep in Christ have
perished (1 Cor 15:14-18).

There is great cause for belief in the
Resurrection. One of the most wonderful tenets of Catholicism and the true
Christian religion the Church transmits, is that the Resurrection is a
historical event. We do not believe Christ is resurrected only because we are
told he is, nor only because we read of his rising from the dead in Sacred
Scripture; we believe the Lord is risen because we were witnesses as a people to
this profound, singularly unique and life changing event, and because Christ --
who is God-made-man -- revealed himself to us as the Risen Lord. The living
community of the Church witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ at a
particular period in our history. We are a people who have seen the
Resurrection. The Resurrection is, then, a historical fact.

Even so, no
one can access the joy of the Resurrection without exercising the theological
virtue of faith. While God grants us this precious virtue as a free gift, it is
up to us to cherish, protect and nourish it, to grow it and live it. All the
gifts that God gives pass through the human heart; if that heart should
intentionally close itself off, it will not be warmed by these gifts of love, it
will not beat with the rhythm of God's supernatural life and indescribable love.
Open your heart in faith to Christ and his promises. You are destined, if you do
so, to share Christ's own life: you are to be resurrected as he is resurrected;
you are to live a life of unending love as does he; you are to live forever in
eternal communion with God the Father. What beauty lies before you!

Pope
Francis reminds us that the hope of the resurrection and the joy it brings is
uncontainable. To be Christian is to live for the resurrection and let that
promise radiate outward in our lives, infusing those around us with the same
hope that fills our hearts. Through the Resurrection and Christ's gift of his
Spirit, we are empowered, re-created and made into a new people. We have been
given a new life! The Lord is risen; indeed, he is risen!

"We should feel
the joy of being Christians!" said Pope Francis. "We believe in the Risen One
who has conquered evil and death! We must have the courage to 'go out' to bring
this joy and this light to all the areas of our lives. Christ's Resurrection is
our greatest certainty. It is our most precious treasure! How can we not share
this treasure, this certainty, with others? It is not just for us: it is to be
proclaimed; to be given to others; to be shared with others. This is precisely
our witness."
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