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By Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange, April 13, 2020
Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S. is the President and Co-founder of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org), an international apostolate of prayer and catechesis for the holiness of priests. Kathleen has served the Church for twenty-five years as a Catholic evangelist, author, Ignatian certified retreat director and spiritual director, radio host, and writer.
The victory of the cross makes Easter a perennial, personal encounter with the risen Lord. Jesus manifested His resurrection to several witnesses but the first sign of Easter is the empty tomb. We who have received the gift of faith through baptism are not only spectators observing the Easter mysteries. The Lord said to Magdalene, “Go and tell” (Jn. 20:17). We bear witness to Christ’s empty tomb only when we arise from our own tombs and walk into our redeemed life.
The Catechism teaches:
The first element we encounter in the framework of the Easter events is the empty tomb. In itself it is not a direct proof of Resurrection; the absence of Christ’s body from the tomb could be explained otherwise. Nonetheless the empty tomb was still an essential sign for all. Its discovery by the disciples was the first step toward recognizing the very fact of the Resurrection. (#640)
His resurrection is the victory over death and evil. By what practical means do we live and proclaim His victory in our daily life? ….