Challenging Thoughts for Easter Sunday

The resurrection of Jesus is a hidden event.

Jesus didn’t rise from the dead

to prove to those who had crucified him that they had made a mistake,

or to confound his opponents.

Nor did he rise to impress the rulers of his time

or to force anyone to believe.

Jesus’ resurrection was the full affirmation of his Father’s love.

Therefore, he only showed himself to those who knew about this love.

He made himself known as the risen Lord, only to a handful of his close friends.

There is probably no event in human history that has had such importance,

while remaining, at the same time, so unspectacular.

The world didn’t notice it;

only those few to whom Jesus had chosen to show himself,

and whom he wanted to send out to announce God’s love to the world

just as he had done.

Henri Nouwen

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I am quite happy to be called an optimist,

but my optimism is not of the utopian variety.

It is based on hope.

The optimist is a person who has the conviction that God knows,

can do, and will do what is best for mankind.

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

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God does not offer us a way out of testings of life.

He offers us a way through,

and that makes all the difference.
W.T. Purkiser

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The indisputable Easter fact…

is that Jesus was a more potent factor in Jerusalem

in the weeks and months after His death on Calvary

than when He rode into the city amid the crowds

or sat with His disciples in the Upper Room.

Henry Sloane Coffin

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