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Theology Professor on 'The Unsettling Truth About Easter'

In an article posted on the website of DeSales University, theology professor Maura Hearden opines about the importance of Easter for modern day Americans.

Here's an excerpt from "The Unsettling Truth About Easter":

Christ is risen!  For most twenty-first-century American Christians, these words produce an emotional response roughly equivalent to that produced by the words “Dinner is served.”  Isn’t that nice.  Easter is a cheerful, happy time.  Spring weather is around the corner (we hope!) and the world is filled with pastels and chocolate. ...

The resurrection was a mind-blowing, positively unprecedented revelation that would fundamentally alter their [Jesus' disciples] perception of reality.  Suddenly the suffering of this world seemed a small matter indeed, for these first disciples were given a taste of a world to come that offered unimaginable treasures to be enjoyed for all eternity.

What would you give in exchange for a chance at this sort of life?  People who are willing to endure the pain of surgery simply to get rid of a few wrinkles or risk the side effects of certain pharmaceuticals for the sake of enhanced virility would, no doubt, be willing to give a good deal.  And this is the catch.  The new life promised in the resurrection is not without cost.  Those who wish to obtain it must turn their entire beings over to the Divine Power who can transform it.  It’s an all or nothing proposition.  Anything that we retain for ourselves remains under the domain of our own grossly limited abilities.  Can a surgeon or a pharmacist give you eternal life?

But trusting my entire being to God is terrifying.  What if he knows that I will be tempted to keep myself for this world if I receive all the sensual pleasures that I desire?  I might not get everything I want. I might have to suffer after all.  And yet, holding on to the things of this world will eventually cause the very suffering that I wish to avoid, for the things of this world will inevitably pass away. God is immense, mysterious and terrifying, but God is my only chance.

Be sure to read the rest of Dr. Hearden's article here.

DeSales University is recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society at TheNewmanGuide.com for its strong Catholic identity.

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