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The Profession of Faith

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with thepower of theHolySpirit: he shares thedivine life inhisglorious

state, so that St. Paul can say that Christ is “the man of heaven.”

512

The Resurrection as transcendent event

647

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!

513

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.”

514

II.

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esurrection

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rinity

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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.”

515

St. Paul insists on the manifestation of God’s

power

516

through the working of the Spirit who gave life to Jesus’

dead humanity and called it to the glorious state of Lordship.

649

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.

517

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.”

518

“We believe that Jesus died and rose

again.”

519

512 Cf.

1 Cor

15:35-50.

513

“O vere beata nox, quae sola meruit scire tempus et horam, in qua Christus

ab inferis resurrexit!”

514

Acts

13:31; cf.

Jn

14:22.

515

Rom

1:3-4; cf.

Acts

2:24.

516 Cf.

Rom

6:4;

2 Cor

13:4;

Phil

3:10;

Eph

1:19-22;

Heb

7:16.

517 Cf.

Mk

8:31; 9:9-31; 10:34.

518

Jn

10:17-18.

519

1 Thess

4:14.

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