Importance of Catechesis on the Resurrection

The Kerygma, the announcement of the basic Gospel Message of salvation in Christ should be continually proclaimed.  The Resurrection is an integral part of it.  At times we can focus on the sin of humanity and Jesus saving us from sin on the Cross but unintentionally leave out the importance of the Resurrection of Christ as an important part of the Kerygma.

Pope Francis gave a catechesis on the Resurrection pointing out this very reality:

In our continuing catechesis on the Creed…we now consider the meaning of Christ’s resurrection for us and for our salvation. The Lord’s death and resurrection are the foundation of our faith; by his triumph over sin and death, Christ has opened for us the way to new life. Reborn in Baptism, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and become God’s adoptive sons and daughters. God is now our Father: he treats us as his beloved children; he understands us, forgives us, embraces us, and loves us even when we go astray.

Catechesis for children and adults needs to emphasize not only the triumph over sin and death through the Cross but it is the Resurrection that confirms that triumph.  It is both the taking on of our sin on the cross and the destruction of death through His resurrection.  Pope Francis goes on to share how we can respond to this Good News and how we should encourage others in it:

But this new life needs to be nourished daily by hearing God’s word, prayer, sharing in the sacraments, especially Penance and the Eucharist, and the exercise of charity. God must be the centre of our lives! By our daily witness to the freedom, joy and hope born of Christ’s victory over sin and death, we also offer a precious service to our world, helping our brothers and sisters to lift their gaze heavenward, to the God of our salvation.

Wow, this is it!  When we live out the power of the Resurrection, when we witness to the Gospel life the very life of Christ is born in our world in a powerful manner.  “God must be the centre of our lives!”  Pope Francis affirms and if He is then that is where the Gospel draws us into a life of freedom, joy and hope born of Christ’s victory over sin and death”.  All because the Crucifixion was not the end and the the Resurrection (and Ascension) brought about the completion of this victory.  This is great, fantastic, wonderful, amazing, terrific, awesome news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May we live this Easter Season by:

  1. Listening to God’s word in prayer
  2. Taking time to prayer daily in our lives
  3. Receiving the Sacraments – that life of grace that nourishes and sustains us
  4. Living charity.  Loving God, loving our neighbor, those we like and those we don’t like – because they will know we are Christ followers by our love.

As people of the Risen Lord let us catechize through the witness of our lives and proclaim the power of the Resurrection with authentic joy and enthusiasm. The world longs for what only Christ’s death and resurrection can bring.

O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – Collect from Easter Sunday

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