Happy Easter

The language of faith, like that of the poet, the lover, and the mystic, does not simply relate secular facts about what occurred in history at a particular moment in time. Faith experiences and speaks of the divine initiative and intervention in the world, and that claim (as the distinguished Jewish Talmudic scholar Jacob Neusner has said) “does not come before the court of secular history, to be judged true or false by historians’ ways of validating or falsifying ordinary facts.” No doubt about it: The Resurrection of Jesus is the central fact of Christian faith and life; it is not a poetic afterthought, a pleasant fancy or a proof of anything–and it is not something of the past, but of the now. With a kind of powerful gentleness, Paul puts the matter succinctly: “If we have placed our hope in Christ for this life only, then we are of all people the most to be pitied.”

Donald Spoto. 1998. The Hidden Jesus: A New LIfe, p. 245-246

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