Catholic Charismatic Church  - There was a time when faith was not found wanting.

“He saw and believed” (Jn20.8).  With these simple words, the author of St. John’s Gospel announced that the disciple whom Jesus loved had come to Easter faith. Having just outrun Peter in his zeal to investigate Mary Magdalene’s report of the empty tomb, this special disciple’s deep love for Christ led him to become the very first of countless disciples to believe that Jesus had been raised to life.
If Jesus’ death on the cross was His ultimate moment of glorification in St. John’s Gospel then the Resurrection is the event that fulfills and explains it. The light of Jesus’ Resurrection shines the glory on the wood of the cross.  The Resurrection is the Cross’ outcome. It is the moment that gives way to everlasting life; sin gives way to eternal glory and despair gives way to unbounded hope.  If the Cross was God’s  supreme manifestation of love for His people, the Resurrection is the supreme manifestation of that’ love’s power and possibility.
The beloved disciple also arrives at the empty tomb, his love for Jesus opens his eyes to the possibility of Jesus’ resurrection.  He looks in and sees that the physical body of Jesus is no longer present and immediately concludes. that Jesus has been raised from the dead.

This special disciple had been present with Jesus at many of the extraordinary and difficult moments of His ministry.  Because of his intense love for Jesus, he did not need proof of His resurrection – he freely chose to believe.
Our own belief in Jesus’ resurrection must not, however, be relegated to simple awareness of this past event. The historical resurrection of Jesus we celebrate this Easter Sunday is also a challenge to a living and lived-out faith in the ongoing presence of the risen Christ.
St. Paul advises us to “celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  (1 Cor 5.8).  In this, the importance of our Lenten observance comes to the fore. Lent was our privileged opportunity to remake ourselves into the image of Christ, a chance to set aside whatever is unworthy of our faith and to begin to live as those who are convinced of Jesus’ abiding presence.   This is the call of our Easter celebrations – to become so caught up in our love for and faith in Jesus that we make Him even more visible in our world today.


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