readings for the vigil
genesis 1:1—2:2; genesis 22:1-18; exodus 14:15—15:1; isaiah 54:5-14; isaiah 55:1-11; baruch 3:9-15, 32—4:4; ezekiel 36:16-28
romans 6:3-11; mark 16:1-7
readings for the eucharist during the day
acts 10:34a, 37-43; colossians 3:1-4 or 1 corinthians 5:6b-8; john 20:1-9
«origins: the journey of humankind» is a national geographic documentary series that showcases the major discoveries and events in human history that have changed us. each episode in the eight-part series features one aspect of human civilization: fire, medicine, money, communication, war, shelter, exploration, and transportation. in the premiere episode «spark of civilization», the documentary avers that the discovery of fire led to countless more milestones. the ability to harness and control fire gave humans the power to create, transform, and destroy. it has transformed us from early nomadic tribes to a species with the ability to undertake space voyages. it changed everything.
the series does not feature one important event: jesus’ resurrection! the resurrection changed everything!
if jesus had stayed dead, nobody would have given his crucifixion any significance. there were several revolutionaries in his day, who ended up on roman crosses; jesus would have been yet another failed revolutionary. jesus’ crucifixion has significance because he is risen.
further, all that was obscure about his life, teaching, works, fate, and identity becomes radiantly clear.
the resurrection marks the launch of GOD’s kingdom on earth—he has defeated the powers of evil and oppression; an oppressed people are free to live a new life. the physical world changes with the resurrection—death no longer has the last word. the moral world changes too—a wandering preacher labelled a heretic and criminal is the one through whom GOD speaks to us, and through whom GOD makes all things new.
the resurrection changed the disciples’ understanding of jesus, of worship, of themselves and their responsibilities. in the words of the second reading (1 corinthians), they became «a fresh batch of dough»: a small group of frightened men will multiply to one out of every three people on the planet identifying themselves as christian.
the resurrection changed everything. has it changed me, my life, my ethics, my perspective? if not, why not?