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And Rose Again on the Third Day in Accordance with the Scriptures.

One amazing thing about the Resurrection is that it was promised by the Scriptures.  The Old Testament foreshadowed many passages of who the Messiah will be - which was fulfilled by Christ – and included the Resurrection.  The prophet Hosea states “on the third day he will raise us up to live in his presence” (Hosea 6:2).  In the first chapter of Genesis, life springs from the earth on the third day.  Jonah “remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights” (Jonah 2:1). These passages, and many more, point to the reality that all the Scriptures direct everything to the critical moment of the Resurrection.  What does Christ and the Scriptures show us about the Resurrection?

The first thing that the Resurrection seeks is to strive to rise from the death that sin brings to our lives with a spiritual renewal of righteousness.  Sin devastates our soul and separates us from the love of God, but it is not the end.  By us constantly seeking to rise from the depths of those sins and into living the life Christ calls us to live in His love, we conquer sin and therefore death.

The second thing we learn from the Resurrection is not to delay our conversion.  We all hope for the joy that comes with the Resurrection and being with our Lord in heaven.  Why would we do anything that would pull us away from that joy?  Why would we do anything that would not be seeking that life?  Seeing Christ resurrected leaves us with that burning desire in our souls to join Him.

Third, it encourages us not to only seek forgiveness of our sins but to overcome them.  One thing that can be overwhelming is bringing the same sins over and over again to Confession and seeing no improvement.  The Resurrection encourages us to keep up the fight against sin in our lives.  It also encourages us to overcome the sins and to decrease their hold on us. It is a challenge to avoid those temptations that could lead us to sin.  As the last sentence of the Act of Contrition states, “I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to sin no more and avoid the near occasion of sin.”

The Resurrection of Christ inspires us to that great hope as well.  We desire to be with our Lord in heaven.  Let us be inspired by the Scriptures to seek our own resurrection.

- Fr. Rusty Vincent


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