COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 925          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   17 April 2017

  1. CHRIST IS RISEN! HAPPY EASTER! NEW LIFE!

What is the meaning and salvific importance of Christ’s resurrection?  What is the nature of Christ’s resurrection?

The 1997 Catechism for Filipino Catholics answers these two questions. 

  1. SALVIFIC IMPORTANCE
  • Christ’s resurrection “confirmed everything Christ had done and taught. It fulfilled both Jesus’ triple prediction of his Passion, Death and Resurrection in the Synoptic (cf. Mk. 8: 31; 9: 30; 10: 32), and his triple prediction of being ‘lifted up’ in John’s Gospel (cf. Jn. 3: 14; 8: 28; 12: 32). Christ’s exaltation vindicated all he claimed to be, as he himself asserted in his trial before the high priests (cf. Mk.14: 61f).” (CFC 621).
  • Through his Resurrection, Christ fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies promising a Savior for all the World. (cf. Ps. 110; Dn. 7: 13)” (CFC, 622).
  • The Resurrection confirmed Jesus’ divinity. (cf. Rom./ 1: 4; Jn. 20: 28)” (CFC, 623).
  • Christ’s death freed us from sin, and his Resurrection brought us a share in the new life of adopted sons/daughters of the Father in the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom. 6: 8)” (CFC, 624).
  • The Risen Christ is the principle and source of our future resurrection. ‘He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself’ (Phil. 3: 21). ‘In Christ all will come to life again’ (1 Cor. 18: 22; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church 6251-655)” (CFC 625).
  1. NATURE OF THE RESURRECTION
  • “As an event, Christ’s Resurrection is both historical and trans-historical. It is historical in terms of the testimony of witnesses to the Risen Christ, the empty tomb, etc. But it surpasses and transcends history in that no one claimed to see the event, no one described how it took place, no one can explain what ‘risen, glorified existence’ is essentially.  Therefore, the passage to such a new state of life is necessarily a reality discerned through the eyes of Faith, not by the senses (cf. CCC 639, 647)” (CFC 629).
  • “The ‘glorified state’ of the Risen Christ is both like and unlike the historical, earthly Jesus. He has ‘personal continuity’ with his prior earthly bodily existence. (cf. Acts 2: 24)”

“Yet, the Risen Christ also showed a clear discontinuity with his earthly state.  In his risen state he transcends the bodily limits of time and space, and inaugurates the new and final creation, the final destiny of all.” (CFC, 630). Remember: he was able to enter the room where the disciples were even if the doors were locked.  Also he just disappeared when at table with the two disciples at Emmaus!  Subtility and agility!

  • “Therefore, Christ’s Resurrection did not mean a return to earthly life. The Risen Christ’s is not like Lazarus, the son of the widow of Naim or the daughter of Jairus”.  They were revived from death to resume their earthly existence, only to die again (cf. Jn. 11: 43-44; CCC 646).  Christ arose to an entirely new ‘glorified’ existence.  Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more…. (Rom. 6: 9)”.
  • “As effected by the Trinity, the Resurrection represents the definitive intervention of the Triune God into creation and our human history. As in all out-going divine acts, the Resurrection is effected by all three divine Persons working together, but each according to the distinctiveness proper to each (cf. CCC 645-650).”

Thus, like the source of Jesus’ divine sonship and mission is the Father, so too the divine power raising Jesus from the dead has its source in the Father (cf. Acts 2: 24).  Also, like Jesus’ very conception in the Virgin Mary, the divine power re-vivifying and glorifying the dead Jesus, body and soul, is the Holy Spirit.  And as sharing equally together with Father and Spirit the one divine power, the Eternal Son works his own humanity’s resurrection as Jesus promised. “I have the power to lay down my life, and to take it up again” (Jn. 10: 18).

Addenda

John A Hardon, S.J..The Catholic Catechism.  “Since the Council of Trent, four terms have been officially used to identify the qualities of the risen body.  Impassibility, or immunity from death and pain; subtility, or freedom from restraint by matter; agility, or obedience to spirit with relation to movement and space; and clarity, or refulgent beauty of the soul manifested in the body” (p. 265. CF Catechism of the Council of Trent, Article XII, “Life Everlasting”) (Underlinings D.G.).

Fr. Hardon continues “The common teaching is that, while in one sense we shall be drastically changed at the resurrection, we shall nevertheless still be essentially the same persons we were before.  In heaven we shall not lose our identity.” (ibid.).

 

  1. BISHOP’S HOMILY, EASTER SUNDAY, DXCP

Christ’s is Risen!  He conquered death and sin.  Reconciled us to God.  Made us adopted God’s children.

We rejoice.  We are grateful.

Resurrection means, for us, new life.  A more Chritlike life.  A life of humble, loving service to all, especially the poor.

At the Last Supper Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment. “Love one another; just as I have loved you, you also must love one another” (Jn. 13: 34).

Today the children in conflict with the law; minors involved in “SuKaRaP” (“Sugal” – gambling, “Kawat” – stealing, “Rape” and “Patay” – Killing) need our love, care and support.

The Philippine National Police, General Santos City Police Office, the City Government and the parishes in Metro Dadiangas agreed last 21 March 2017 at Bula Parish to work together to help these minors in conflict with the law to become Christlike persons, responsible, responsive and disciplined citizens committed to the common good towards a peaceful and prosperous community.

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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