"It cannot be said too often: if Christ was not raised from the dead, we would never have heard of him,” writes Fleming Rutledge in her beautiful book The Crucifixion.
Crucifixion was designed specifically to demean and discredit its victims. If Jesus had stayed in the tomb, his ignominious death would certainly have been the end of his “movement” and his ragtag band of followers.
But Jesus didn’t stay in the tomb. He rose again, and it changed everything, forever.
As the catechism puts it, “by his death, Christ liberates us from sin; by his Resurrection, he opens for us the way to a new life” (CCC 654).
I’ll never forget the rush of emotion I felt the first time I heard these words from the Exsultet proclaimed at the Easter Vigil: “This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave. What good would life have been to us, had Christ not come as our Redeemer?”
May the joy of our salvation be yours today and always!
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Northwest Catholic - April 2020
Kevin Birnbaum is the editor/associate publisher of Northwest Catholic and a member of Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Contact him at Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.
Kevin Birnbaum es el editor de la revista Noroeste Católico/Northwest Catholic y miembro de la Parroquia del Sagrado Sacramento en Seattle. Pueden contactarle en: Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.