I wish to share an Easter commentary by Father Donald Senior, President Emeritus, Chancellor, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Chicago Catholic Theological Union. Saturday morning I phoned a friend to read to her some of Father Senior’s wise comments. In response, my friend challenged me with a thought I’d never considered: “If Christ had lived, would you still believe in him?”
Well, of course I would. But not the same way as I do now. I’ve both witnessed and received a great many miracles in my life. I visit, see, sleep, and hang out with my heavenly family day and night. So without the Resurrection—the ultimate confirmation of Jesus’ godhood and Christ’s role in the Trinity—I’m not so sure. I can’t say whether I would have preferred the gospels, or Judaism, or Buddha, or stock trading. I might not have believed in God at all. Worse, if Christ had lived, would the Gospel even exist today?
What about yourself? If Christ had lived, would you still believe in him? How much does Jesus’ greatest miracle matter in your spiritual life?
I wish all readers a glorious celebration of Christ and life—with perhaps a compassionate sniffle or two.
— Andrew Michael
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