SKU (ISBN): 9780818909658
Binding: Trade Paper
Publisher: St Pauls / Alba House
JESUS’ RESURRECTION CELEBRATES something special never known before or since. To rise from the dead is so far beyond any human concept, and so much solely God’s work, that people have always had a hard time trying to comprehend it. In our Nicene Creed we affirm: I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. In celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection, therefore, we celebrate our own as well. For all who follow Christ Easter, stretching from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, is party time, a time of stimulated consciousness, an invitation to penetrate more deeply into this mystery of our faith, and to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Easter is a season of alleluia. For centuries joyful Christians were know as Easter people, and Easter was the principal festival on the Church calendar. The central theme of the Easter cycle-the death and Resurrection of Christ-is not merely an historical commemoration, but a here-and-now manifestation in the Christian assembly of Jesus’ glorification, and a fervent prayer for the full realization of the redemption of humankind brought about by Jesus. Like the Jewish Pasch, Easter celebrates deliverance from slavery: in this case the slavery of sin and death. As such it is the ideal time for the initiation of new members into the community of the saved and for their acceptance into the Body of Christ by Baptism, Confirmation, and first Eucharist. All of these themes and more are presented here by the author in a manner both lighthearted and serious as befits the season. These reflections will benefit enormously those who wish to enter more profoundly into the spirit of Easter.