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Engaging the Word: Easter

The Resurrection of Jesus is the most important event in human history. It is also the most unique: never before had a person been physically dead and come back in a new and astonishingly different bodily form. Nothing like the Resurrection has happened since, though as Christians we await Jesus’ second coming when our bodies will rise and be transformed like his.

When Jesus rose from the dead, the lives of his followers also radically changed. We see this change in the readings from the Acts of the Apostles that we hear throughout the Easter season. Before the Resurrection, the apostles were slow to catch on to the meaning of Jesus’ words. They bickered for honor and position and were cowardly at times. Most famously, Peter denied Jesus three times on Good Friday.

But after the Resurrection, the apostles speak and act with a boldness they have never shown before. They proclaim the message of Jesus even when it is unpopular. Many of them face martyrdom, but their faith makes them unafraid of death. As we celebrate Easter this year, let us pray that our own faith in Christ’s Resurrection will transform our lives, defeat all our fears, and allow us to act with new confidence and courage.

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