The Resurrection of Jesus, in the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is “the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, as faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the new Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross. Christ’s resurrection is the fulfillment of the promises both of the Old Testament and of Jesus himself during his earthly life.”
As important as Jesus’ passion and death are to who we are as Christians, it is the Resurrection that is the crowning truth of our faith, and we need to internalize what it means to be a resurrection people.
Two weeks ago we celebrated Easter. But we are still in the Easter season, a season celebrate until Pentecost. And we are meant to use that period to reflect on what Jesus’ resurrection means in our lives.
Yesterday I offered a reflection at Our Lady of Lourdes on praying with the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. I talked about the importance of praying with the Resurrected Jesus, made some suggestions for prayer, and then focused some comments on the Jesus’ appearance to the disciples recorded in the 21st chapter of John’s Gospel. After my talk, we had some wonderful sharing about which appearances speak most powerfully to the participants and about what the Resurrection of Jesus means to them.
You can listen to the reflection I gave here or stream it from the icon below. The podcast runs for 26:11. I distributed two handouts to those present with some reflection questions and suggested reading. You can access those here.