The Resurrection and the Glorious Christ
Crucifixion was the ultimate humiliation the Roman Empire could inflict on its enemies. It was also an unambiguous sign that God must have forsaken the victim. The Crucified One could not possibly be the first fruits of the resurrection expected by Jews at the end of the ages. Yet, on the third day Christ was raised from the tomb. By pouring out new life upon Him, God endorsed Jesus’ vision: the way of mercy, reconciliation and closeness to the poor was indeed God’s way. And so Christ’s resurrection means new life here and now for the faithful, freedom through the waters of baptism from the horizon of death, and the copious spiritual nourishment of the Eucharist.