The Easter season is fifty days long, affording us plenty of time to
ponder this fantastic mystery of our faith: Jesus made it possible for
us to live forever. We celebrate the death/rising phenomenon employing
various symbols that point to new, abundant life: eggs, rabbits, lilies,
the sun, spring. I’ve thought of a new Easter symbol for our modern
world. The other day my computer “died.” For no apparent reason, the
screen became dark. No amount of clicking and pushing buttons brought
back the manuscripts I was working on, the artwork I saved, and access
to my email account and Facebook. After several long minutes of panic, I
pulled out all the plugs and replugged them, and then turned off the
power on the surge protector and turned it on again. Miraculously the
computer came back to life. You can imagine my relief and joy. This
experience, like other metaphors, limps. Yes, what was dead was revived.
But on Easter, Jesus came back different—with a new and glorious life.
He could walk through walls, appear and disappear, and he would never
die again. Alas, after dying, my computer is not improved at all. It
still has a virus, and it still won’t let me view certain videos.
Moreover, I know that someday it will konk out again. Click to continue
Christians are now dealing with a new obstacle to evangelism; we can no longer assume people know stories in the Bible or the basic tenets of the faith. Perhaps this dearth of spirituality in modern culture will serve to drive desperate people to the feet of Christ but more than ever seekers need basic catechism to lead them back into the arms of God and the Church.
A few decades ago, almost everyone knew the bible, even if they did not attend church because even public schools read the bible and prayed before classes started. I am a convert. As a Protestant kid who went to Sunday School from 3 years old, I grew up on the stories of Jesus, singing songs about His love and memorizing bible verses. I realize now that I was a prayerful kid; God was close to me. continue
When I learned who currently held the authority my Lord gave Simon Peter, recorded in Matthew 16:13-19, I didn't have much choice: I had to join the Catholic Church.
In a sense, I 'knew too much.'
I could either claim to follow Jesus and acknowledge the Son of God's authority, passed along in unbroken succession through the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, and civilizations — or not. As Simon Peter said, it's a simple choice....