The Profession of Faith
with thepower of theHolySpirit: he shares thedivine life inhisglorious
state, so that St. Paul can say that Christ is “the man of heaven.”
The Resurrection as transcendent event
O truly blessed Night, sings the Exsultet of the Easter Vigil,
which alone deserved to know the time and the hour when Christ
rose from the realm of the dead!
But no one was an eyewitness
to Christ’s Resurrection and no evangelist describes it. No one can
say how it came about physically. Still less was its innermost
essence, his passing over to another life, perceptible to the senses.
Although the Resurrection was an historical event that could be
verified by the sign of the empty tomb and by the reality of the
apostles’ encounters with the risen Christ, still it remains at the very
heart of the mystery of faith as something that transcends and sur-
passes history. This is why the risen Christ does not reveal himself to
the world, but to his disciples, “to those who came upwith him from
Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.”
Christ’s Resurrection is an object of faith in that it is a tran
scendent intervention of God himself in creation and history. In it the
three divine persons act together as one, and manifest their own
proper characteristics. The Father’s power “raised up” Christ his Son
and by doing so perfectly introduced his Son’s humanity, including
his body, into the Trinity. Jesus is conclusively revealed as “Son of
God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his Resurrection
from the dead.”
St. Paul insists on the manifestation of God’s
through the working of the Spirit who gave life to Jesus’
dead humanity and called it to the glorious state of Lordship.
As for the Son, he effects his own Resurrection by virtue of his
divine power. Jesus announces that the Son of man will have to suffer
much, die, and then rise.
Elsewhere he affirms explicitly: “I laydown
my life, that I may take it again. . . . I have power to lay it down, and I
have power to take it again.”
“We believe that Jesus died and rose
“O vere beata nox, quae sola meruit scire tempus et horam, in qua Christus
ab inferis resurrexit!”
8:31; 9:9-31; 10:34.