We so often hear and reminded that our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the Dead. As the Creed professes most solemnly, "Credo in unum Deum...Crucifíxus étiam pro nobisÑ sub Póntio Pílato passus et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúrus..." [I believe in one God...Who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures...]
You profess our Lord's death and resurrection in all of your actions. All of our prayers are grounded in the central point of our Faith - that our Lord Jesus Christ, being truly dead and buried, by His own divine authority raised Himself from the dead. Our Lord was truly dead. Do we realize this? Do you internalize this?
Let's take a minute and read from Fulton J. Sheen's "The Life of Christ" to better understand the transcendence of this historical event of unparalleled importance.
In the history of the world, only one tomb has ever had a rock rolled before it, and a soldier guard set to watch it to prevent the dead man within from rising: that was the tomb of Christ on the evening of the Friday called Good. What spectacle could be more ridiculous than armed soldiers keeping their eyes on a corpse? But sentinels were set, lest the Dead walk, the Silent speak, and the Pierced Heart quieken to the throb of life. They said He was dead; they knew He was dead; they would say He would not rise again; and yet they watched! They openly called Him a deceiver But, would He still deceive? Would He Who "deceived" them into believing they won the battle, Himself win the war for life and truth and love? They remembered that He called His Body the Temple and that in three days after they destroyed It, He would rebuild It; they recalled too, that He compared Himself to Jonah and said that was Jonah was in the belly of the whale for three days, so would He be in the belly of the earth for three days and then would rise again.We continue to fail to marvel at the Resurrection. It was our Lord's disciples, who upon hearing the news, ran to the tomb to see for themselves that the Master was risen. The King of the world had conquered even death itself. The world which was shaken to its core on Good Friday, upon which its Creator gave up His Life.
We must approach the Resurrection every time with the joy of the disciples and the fervent desire to see our Lord that St. Mary Magdalene had. As she exclaimed, "They have taken the Lord and I know not where they have laid Him." How do you read those words? Do they incite into your heart the deep burning desire like Magdalene to see the Lord? How would you have reacted to below the Lord and Savior of the world stand before you in glory who only three days before you saw descend lifeless from the Cross into the arms of His weeping Mother?
We forget the glory of the Resurrection. This year we should already look ahead to Lent. We have just celebrated the Nativity of the Savior. We continue to recall now the Octave of His Epiphany and will soon begin to journey with Him to the Cross through Lent. Make this Lent a bitter one of penance so that you may best rejoice in the Master's Resurrection. He who has not done penance is not fit to celebrate in the Feast of Easter.
May the sounds and sentiments of the Gloria on Easter Morning resonate in your heart each time you hear someone say that the Lord is risen. Indeed He is truly risen, alleluia. Never forget the Cross that He bore for you. Never forget the glory of our Lord, who is the firstborn from the Dead. The Lord is risen, alleluia. Let your hearts rejoice and be glad.