By Father MieczysЕ‚aw Piotrowski TChr,
Love One Another! 9/2008 → The main topic
The passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ represent the supreme
event of the human race and every human being. In the dramatic events
of the Paschal mystery the God-Man accomplished His decisive victory
and freed all people from bondage to sin, Satan, and death. This
fundamental truth is the cause of our ineradicable joy and optimism.
“Death, where is your sting? So let us thank God for giving
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1
Cor 15: 55-57).
In His boundless mercy, Our Risen Lord, Who lives and abides in His Church, extends to each and every one of us the gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Those who believe and accept this gift every day experience — even now while living on earth — the joy of resurrection. What does it mean to accept the gift of Christ’s risen life? It means so ordering our daily lives that fostering our relationship with Jesus in prayer becomes our supreme task and responsibility. The Holy Father Benedict XVI tells us that daily prayer is a question of life and death for every one of us. It is not an option or an extra, but must be accepted at once as our greatest privilege and duty. Through earnest prayer and the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist we unite ourselves with the Risen Jesus and so receive His gift of eternal life and ineradicable love. Only those who persevere in prayer, who rise from every sin in the Sacrament of Penance, who receive the Eucharist with filial love, and entrust themselves totally to God, are able to bear with Christ the cross of their daily life and experience even now on this earth the joy of resurrection.
“Christ’s resurrection occurred at a given moment in history, but He still desires to rise in the lives of countless numbers of people, in the lives of every man and nation” – said Pope John Paul II in his Easter address of 1986. “This rising from the dead requires man’s cooperation, the cooperation of all people. But always overarching this resurrection is that other Life, which vanquished the tomb on that Easter morning so many centuries ago. Wherever the heart of man overcomes selfishness, violence, and hatred, and turns with compassion to one who stands in need, there too Christ rises from the dead.”
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