Sunday, April 04, 2010

O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?

Paul was asking rhetorically, of course for by his resurrection, Jesus Christ effectively abolished death. The resurrection rendered graves akin to wombs, staging posts, not ultimate destinations. The scandal of the crucifixion was transformed into the sheer bubbling excitement of Easter Day.

Hence the confidence with which Christians have been able to endure persecution whether it took place under Diocletian in the Third Century or Stalin in the 20th: the promise of eternal life.

This is what it's all about.

Christ is risen! Indeed he is risen!
Chrystus zmartwychwstał! Prawdziwie zmartwychwstał!
Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց՜ Օրհնեալ է Յարութիւնն Քրիստոսի՜
Krestos a uprisin! Seen, him a uprisin fe tru!
Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Atgyfododd Crist! Yn wir atgyfododd!
Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!
Ua ala hou ´o kristo! Ua ala ´i ´o no ´oia!
Christ daaztsáádéé' náádiidzáá! T'áá aaníí, daaztsáádéé' náádiidzáá!
Cristo causarimpunña! Ciertopuni causarimpunña!
Kristu qam mill-mewt! Huwa qam tassew! 
Kristos Tenestwal! Bergit Tenestwal!
ქრისტე აღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა!


Anonymous Marc Puckett said...

Happy Easter to you!

I read here quite often, with much interest and the occasional moment of consternation.

Your series of posts in this past couple of weeks that have responded to the unjust media attacks on the Church and the Pope merits a hearty bravissima! from this little corner of the world, whatever we may otherwise disagree about. Many thanks for taking the time to write.

Surrexit, sicut dixit.

4/04/2010 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recognise the Greek, Polish, Armenian and Romanian, but... is that Navajo? I don't think even the Holy Father gets Navajo into Urbi et Orbi.

4/04/2010 5:27 PM  
Blogger Londiniensis said...

A belated Happy Easter (well, it's still before Pentecost) and I hope you got thoroughly soaked on Monday!

Just caught up with your posts since mid-March. Factual, well-researched, tenacious, passionate. You are a one-woman rebuttal unit: Eccleston Square, nay, The Vatican needs you! Much admiration and congratulations!

4/07/2010 2:05 AM  

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