Posted April 25, 2008 in Lent and Easter:
Easter: A Call to Action

by Catherine Doherty.

Christ is Risen. Truly he is risen. Alleluia! Alleluia!

What are we going to do about it? For if we truly believe in his incarnation, his life on earth, his death on the cross and his resurrection, then it is time to really bestir ourselves about it. So we have to ask ourselves: what are we going to do about it?

Perhaps we could word the question a little differently: what will I do about it? For fundamentally the answer lies with me. For Christ lived, died and resurrected for each one of us, individually as well as for all humanity collectively. But it is "I" who must answer.

The answer seems rather simple. It might appear to many simplistic. But it is not.

The answer is that we must begin to live the Gospel without compromise. This might, and probably will, change the face of our economic, political state of affairs.

We must stop competing with one another—personally, nationally, and internationally—and we must co-operate with one another. Co-operate in depth, which simply, truly, means love one another as Christ bade us to do.

This loving of one another must extend to everybody, everywhere, at all times, including our so-called "enemies"—the "enemies" of our own household and those of others.

We must be ready to lay our life down for our fellow man. Lay our life down also for the incarnation of the Good News if we want Christ to be known to others. There can be no half-hearted following of him. It is all or nothing at all.

Christ is risen. Truly he is risen. Alleluia! Now it is up to us to be witnesses of his Resurrection.

To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda or even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means living in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.

—reprinted from Restoration, April 1971.


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