I don’t know about you, but for me the 40 days of Lent can seem so long. But they’re spiritually strengthening days, and Catholics sure do know how to overcome suffering with celebration – 50 days of celebration to be exact.
But our celebration of the Resurrection isn’t even confined to those 50 days, Pope Benedict reminds the faithful.
“Christ resurrected from the dead,” the Holy Father asserted, “is the foundation of our faith that radiates throughout the Church’s liturgy, giving it content and meaning … Christ’s resurrection is the door to a new life that is no longer subjected to the termination of time, a life immersed in the eternity of God. With Jesus’ resurrection begins a new condition of human being, which illuminates and transforms our daily path and opens a qualitatively new and different future for all humanity.”
Belief in the resurrected God is the mark of a Christian, of a faith filled individual. The pope continued in this April 27 audience:
“In his Epistle to the Colossians, St. Paul says, ‘If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth'”
But, the Holy Father stressed, we must not shun the world in our pursuit of heaven.
It is true that we are citizens of another ‘city’, our true home, but the path toward this goal must be traversed every day in this land. To participate, from this moment, in the life of the resurrected Christ, we must live as new men and women in this world, at the heart of this earthly city.”
And as transformed citizens of this earthly city, we must seek to transform this world to a world of peace, love, and unity – marks of God’s presence and existence. Beginning in this joyous Easter season, but all through the year, let us be daily witnesses of the resurrected Lord, in whom all our hope lies.