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The disciples had experienced the fullness and perfection of Christ's humanity, yet only now -- through the bestowing of the “tongues of fire” (the Holy Spirit) -- could they begin to understand the fullness of his divinity.
As this Easter season continues, I continue to reflect on Christ’s Resurrection. I think that many Christians leaving their churches today have simply found it implausible that Christ could have risen from the dead. This notion of a risen Christ and its implications for our lives is likely the most difficult conundrum relating to our Faith experience.
Once again we engage in the Easter Triduum, these three days leading to the celebration of Christendom’s central, defining event.
My young granddaughters may have glimpsed the point made in the animated movie The Lion King when the ruler of all animals explains to the young cub that “We are more than we are… we are one,” but after all these years of life, their grandfather still only occasionally awakens to the beautiful wonder of this interconnectedness.
It is the Spirit of God who patiently, but persistently, inspires us toward goodness and greater fulfillment; it is He who quietly resides within us, always.