for Sunday, April 20, 2008
The death and resurrection of the Lord are not merely historical events that happened in a particular time and place. They are life-giving events whose power permeates each of our lives. Their impact will never cease.
Jesus is our way to the Father through the Church which He established and through which He continues His saving mission in the world. Our relationship with God is not merely an individual relationship. As the people of God, we belong to a community in continuity with those who have gone before, those who have passed on to us the traditions of faith. The Church is not a mere organization, but a community of faith over which the risen Lord presides and through which the baptized make their pilgrim way to the Father.
Jesus is also the truth because He reveals to us His Father's truth. In fact, He does more than tell us about His Father: He is the Father's revelation to us. Jesus has revealed the Father to us in His very being and life. He not only taught about a loving and forgiving Father, He lived His own life in a loving and forgiving way. He practiced what He preached.
Jesus' teaching mission did not end with His public ministry. He promised to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples; The teaching mission of Jesus is carried on, through the power of His Spirit, in the Church.
Jesus is also the life because in and through Him we are restored to a right relationship with the Father and are capable of spiritual growth. In and through Jesus we are "reborn" in the spiritual order, becoming a new creation. This turning to the Lord and being "reborn" is conversion. Initial conversion may be a sudden event, but thoroughgoing conversion is the work of a lifetime - a work to which we all are called.
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