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Peter and John go to the tomb. “Simon Peter arrived and went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in: … and he saw and believed.” (Jn 20:1-9)
“Lord, after dying so heroically for my sins, had to triumph over death. Your work wasn’t done. It was completed by your resurrection. You have conquered death. We, too, will arise to be united with You and praise you as our God.” (21-1-1963)
How well you speak, Faustino! The whole life and work of Jesus is completed with the resurrection. I don’t know where you got the word, but it works. St. Paul said, “If Christ has not risen, our faith is in vain.” We are not followers of an important personage, if you wish, but who is dead. Peter and John believe on seeing that the body of Jesus isn’t there. A little later, he will begin appearing to them in his glorified body, and instructing them to give the great news to the whole world, to begin the “communion of saints”, the Church in which He, Jesus, will be present until the end of the world. We don’t think much about the ending of the Credo which summarizes our faith. “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” We should think more about these final phrases which fill us with hope. Sometimes we wonder why “the forgiveness of sins” is there with the rest. The Church is realistic and knows that we can have failings, but there is the mercy that pardons us and allows us to continue without fear to eternal life, which in reality is the beginning of a new life with Christ and our brothers. Faustino died happy, thinking about the meeting he was going to have. Although this seems like something distant to me, it would be good to think about it now and then. It offers a bright light to go along the right way. Do I love the Church which gives me Jesus? In it, despite its limitations, the Lord lives. I should feel a holy pride in belonging to it, and through it to the Lord.