Graces of the Resurrection
[Jesus] came back from the long journey through death, to give us his Risen Life to be our life, so that no matter what suffering we meet, we can meet it with the whole power of the love that has overcome the world. I have said this to you, so that in me you may find peace. In the world, you will only find tribulation; but take courage, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
He has come back as spring comes back out of the ground, renewing the earth with life, to be a continual renewing of life in our hearts, that we may continually renew one another’s life in his love, that we may be his Resurrection in the world. We are the Resurrection going on always, always giving back Christ’s life to the world.
In every life there are many secret resurrections. In our sin, we are the tombs in which Christ lies dead, but at the first movement of sorrow for sin he rises from the dead in us, the life of the world is renewed by our sorrow, the soul that was in darkness radiates the morning light. In the moment that we are forgiven, the world is flooded with forgiveness.
No wonder that the angels rejoice when one sinner does penance more than over the ninety-nine who need no penance, for the resurrection in the soul of the sinner is complete. It is not just the poor sinner licking his wounds and limping on, crippled by the past; it is Christ risen, alive, whole.