The Liturgy of the Hours quotes Sacred Scripture in saying: “Christ was given up for our sins and rose again for our justification.” So we understand that Our Divine Lord’s death on the cross and then his resurrection from the tomb are two sides of the same coin. It is called Redemption or Salvation, and hence we speak of Jesus as our Redeemer and our Savior.
On the cross Jesus died in atonement for our sins, thus becoming the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” as Saint John the Baptist called him. And then he rose from death, to share his new life with us. Just before ascending into heaven, he said to his disciples and to us: I go to prepare a place for you so that where I am, you also might be.
When we receive Our Lord in Holy Communion, we receive him as he is in heaven today. We receive the Lord who lived, suffered, died on the cross, rose from the tomb, and is now in heaven preparing a place for us. And one of the principal ways he prepares a place for us is to give us the grace which attracts us to the sacraments, especially to the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.
So when we pray, let us thank Our Lord for living for us, for suffering for us, for dying for us, for rising for us, and for preparing a place in his Father’s kingdom for us. Let us celebrate Easter with all the joy and gratitude we can muster, and then to look forward to the moment when Our Lord will come to take us with him into his eternal kingdom. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.