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The Opening of the Resurrection



All of sacred scripture comprises God’s self-communication that the history of humanity is directed towards one goal.  The structure of our bodies, minds and souls are constituted as supernaturally transcendent, that is, we are born and directed through the exigencies of our lives towards God.  It can never be explained fully in detail how that first salvific act of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection perfectly fulfilled this victorious goal of humanity.  However, in faith we know:  Jesus has risen as he said!  Alleluia!  The vision and invitation of supernatural transcendence, the resurrection, has been opened for all who believe.  So begins the season of Easter.


For the next forty-nine days we shall celebrate our liturgies through the eyes of those who first encountered Jesus, journeying with those newly initiated through the RCIA, and accompanying those preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.  One of the distinctive features of this season is the absence of First Testament readings, now replaced by selections from the Acts of the Apostles.  In company with the first believers, we open our eyes to the mystagogy of the kerygma, as we hear the drama of redemption re-played from Jesus’ ministry in Galilee to his resurrection.   


"Jesus has risen as he said!  Alleluia!  The vision and invitation of supernatural transcendence, the resurrection, has been opened for all who believe."

Our lives have been touched, and will be renewed, through Jesus in his passion, death, and resurrection.  Anyone who knows the loss of a loved one can recall the lingering grief.  Baptized into the dying and rising of Jesus Christ, we are called to encounter him now in unexpected places, situations, and people.   Let us accompany our brothers and sisters, to guide their hearts that they may encounter Christ as well.  As missionary disciples, filled with the joy of the resurrection, we can make a difference, and bring forth the Kingdom.  May you and yours know all blessings of Easter, and may we find Jesus in every facet of our lives throughout this season. 

+Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg

Bishop of Pueblo





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