There are four days in Spring-time when our Church celebrates the saving death and resurrection of our Lord: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. The Lord’s actions of these four days make up the “Paschal Mystery.” This Paschal Mystery is a core belief that Jesus, by his suffering and death on the cross and by his resurrection from the dead, overcame sin and death.
Through this Paschal Mystery, Jesus redeemed us. He conquered sin, the evil one, and death. He gives us new life, grace, the Holy Spirit and Himself. This Paschal Mystery is the center of the Good News of the Gospel which has been proclaimed by our Church since the first Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension.
Through this Paschal Mystery Jesus began the new, perfect, and eternal Covenant which replaced all other covenants between God and his people. In this new covenant, God promises us after our earthly death, an eternal life filled with unending happiness by sharing with us his own life. God offers us himself forever. This must be the most perfect gift of love possible.
Our participation in the Paschal Mystery begins on our day of Baptism as we become a child of God and a disciple of Jesus. At the moment of Baptism, we begin to experience that gift of “perfect love.” We begin to have God’s grace-presence within us, here and now. It is a presence that will always be within us, unless we choose, through our actions, to not accept and reject God’s love.
Through our participation in the Paschal Mystery we are constantly reminded that grace, God’s presence within us, is more powerful and effective and will overcome Satan, evil, and sin in the world. (Very Rev. Daniel Jurek, who also invites us to answer:)
1. Can you appreciate humanity’s need for a savior?
2. What does Christ’s death and resurrection mean to you personally?