Happy Easter! Brothers, discernment involves dying and rising with Jesus so that we can live the new life--the Resurrection-life--that He is calling us to! We continue our meditations on the Apostles Creed by reflecting on this awesome mystery of mysteries...
On the third day he rose again.
Three days after Jesus died for you and for all, your heavenly Father raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus did not simply resuscitate. He did not simply get back his old form of life. Rather, your heavenly Father gave Jesus a new kind of life called resurrection-life. Resurrection life is a completely new form of human life. It was never lived or experienced by anyone before Jesus of Nazareth. He was the first to receive it. Pope Benedict XVI compared the resurrection to an evolutionary leap. Resurrection-life is a human life, but a human life not only lived without any wounds but filled to overflowing with the knowledge and the love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus wants this life to overflow into you so that you too will be gradually healed of your wounds and filled to overflowing with the knowledge and love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That is how you will come to know your heavenly Father for yourself and to experience His love for you – by being filled with the resurrection-life of Jesus.
Christ is Risen, Indeed He is Risen!
Fr. Isaac Mary Spinharney, CFR
St. Joseph Friary