The resurrection tells us about God’s love and faithfulness.
Jesus did not rise from the dead to prove to those who had killed him that they were wrong or that they had made a mistake. He was not trying to impress anyone or force people to believe in him.
The resurrection was a full affirmation of the Father’s love.
He made himself known as the risen Lord to his close friends and disciples. He chose to show himself to them and to send them out to announce God’s love to the world just as he had done.
The resurrection does not answer all the questions about what happens after death.
The resurrection tells us about God’s love and faithfulness to Jesus and to all God’s children.
In the resurrection God reaffirms that Jesus is indeed the beloved son of God and that God’s love is everlasting. It also says to us that God’s love is everlasting for us and that we are the beloved daughters and sons of God.
The resurrection is God’s way of revealing to us that nothing that belongs to God will ever go to waste or get lost including our mortal bodies.
The resurrection reveals that love is stronger than death. We are called to trust God who wants the absolute best for us and loves us.
We can indeed speculate about what happens exactly after we die. However it is speculation.
St Paul writes, what God has in mind for us is what no eye can see, no ear hear.
As we deal with the unknowns of death, we put our trust in the amazing love of God that the resurrection reveals. We come into being because God is love, we live in God’s love even in the midst of the pains and challenges of life and we share in the communion of love, in the communion of saints which includes the dead and the living!
Christ who dies no more shares with us everlasting love and life.
We can trust God! The resurrection calls us to that trust.
(Inspired by “Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring” by Henri Nouwen.)
God Bless you today.
+ Charles Gauci
Bishop of Darwin