Rite Beyond Rome responds to MORE GOOD THINKING on http://www.Catholica.com.au
Jesus is saviour: what does it mean?
“It was like a rising from the dead…” doesn’t explain the transformation of the disciples after Pentecost, or the comment in Acts that “it was impossible for death to hold him”. Again, “if Christ did not rise” quoting St Paul in I Corinthians 15, our faith is in vain and our sins are not forgiven.” M (courtesy of Francis)
Rite Beyond Rome responds:
How can we understand the Christ rising, apart from the traditional sense?
Must that rising be constrained in traditional belief in a physical flesh and blood way?
Or is there a rising that goes beyond such a physical phenomenon?
A rising of spirit that cannot be destroyed no matter the forces of evil against it…
a transformation like Pentecost perhaps?
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We know in our bones that love saves…
when it is larger than its often idolatrous or cultic variations…
when love is what we call divine.
Is it Jesus who saves by his physical death and rising?
Does salvation depend on the acceptance/obedience/practice of
Jesus’ often crucifying practice and message to
“Love one another as I have loved you”…?
Is it the embrace and practice of this Jesus love that “does” the actual saving?
Is it this very loving that forgives sins…because such love cannot hold judgments and hurts in the same breath as the divine love to which Jesus calls us?
Is it this humanly divine practice of love that makes it impossible
for physical death to hold us?
Our thanks for the questions M called forth through Francis for the coming Holy Week…
Sisters Lea and Consilia
Ours is just one of many responses to Tony Lawless’ essay, “A Palm Sunday reflection on the meaning of Obedience” http://www.catholica.com.au/forum/index.php?mode=thread&id=197593#p197641