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The tradition I handed on to you in the first place, a tradition which I had myself received, was that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried; and that on the third day, he was raised to life, in accordance with the scriptures; and that he appeared to Cephas; and later to the Twelve; and next he appeared to more than five hundred of the brother at the same time. . . . This is what we preach and what you believed. I Corinthians 15:3-6, 11

“Easter vigil. The Lord is risen indeed. . . . Christ’s body did not remain in the tomb, but raised to new life, and . . . our own bodies will join him in glory. . . . It is a great and powerful mystery. . . . The body is not a prison to escape from, but a temple in which God’s glory already dwells, and in which God’s glory will be fully manifested on the day of the resurrection. . . . Easter season is a time of hope. There is still fear, there is still a painful awareness of sinfulness, but there also is light breaking through.. . . .We can be joyful or sad, optimistic or pessimistic, tranquil or angry, but the solid stream of God’s presence moves deeper than the small waves of our minds and our hearts. Easter brings the awareness that that God is present even when his presence is not directly noticed. Easter brings the good news that, although things seem to get worse in the world, the Evil One has already been overcome. Easter allows us to affirm that although God seems very distant and although we remain preoccupied with many little things, our Lord walks with us on the road and keeps explaining the Scriptures to us. Thus there are many rays of hope casting their rays on our life through life.”

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen

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