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Monday, April 25, 2011

0170: The Event of Easter



Entry 0170: The Event of Easter


"The resurrection of Christ is an event which, while it surpasses history, nevertheless happens at a precise moment in history and leaves an indelible mark upon it. The light which dazzled the guards keeping watch over Jesus’ tomb has traversed time and space.

"Easter morning brings us news that is ancient yet ever new: Christ is risen!

"Right down to our own time – even in these days of advanced communications technology – the faith of Christians is based on that same news, on the testimony of those sisters and brothers who saw firstly the stone that had been rolled away from the empty tomb and then the mysterious messengers who testified that Jesus, the Crucified, was risen.

"And then Jesus himself, the Lord and Master, living and tangible, appeared to Mary Magdalene, to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and finally to all eleven, gathered in the Upper Room (cf. Mk 16:9-14).

"The echo of this event, which issued forth from Jerusalem twenty centuries ago, continues to resound in the Church, deep in whose heart lives the vibrant faith of Mary, Mother of Jesus, the faith of Mary Magdalene and the other women who first discovered the empty tomb, and the faith of Peter and the other Apostles." [1]

Note

[1] Pope Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter Sunday, 24 April 2011. Copyright 2011 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana.