The Resurrection: A Myth or An Actual Historical Event?

 The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!  Blessed Easter to you all!

Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord!  This is the greatest news ever proclaimed!  But doesn’t all of this just sound rather cliché?  We hear these words at Mass and every Easter season, but why doesn’t it excite me as much as hearing that the Packers won the Super Bowl?  Is the Resurrection just a myth, a nice story to tell to motivate us to be nice to others and give out eggs and candy?  If the Resurrection was an actual historical event, wouldn’t the Church look a little
different?  Wouldn’t everyone want to be a Catholic?  If the founder of an institution claimed to be God, performed miracles,
fulfilled every messianic prophecy, died a gruesome death, and rose from the dead and conquered hell, wouldn’t everyone want to be part of that institution?  Since the Catholic Church doesn’t seem like an institution that everyone wants to be a part of,
perhaps the Resurrection was a made up myth, a nice story, that the Church uses in order to be different from other religions.

Although the lives of some in the Church might indicate that the Resurrection is a myth, we can look to some whose lives
indicate that the Resurrection was an actual historical event that changed the course of history.
If we look at the lives of the saints, especially the martyrs, many of them died preaching the truth of the Resurrection.  Nearly all of Jesus’ disciples were martyred for preaching the Good News.  Many are still being killed today for believing in the Gospel and the Resurrection.  Would all of these martyrs have died for a myth or a nice story?  I would certainly not think so.  These saints and martyrs truly believed that the Resurrection is real and has real implications for every soul to have existed and every soul that will exist until the end of time.

What about you?  What do you believe?  
Do you believe that the Resurrection is just a nice story?  Or do you believe the Resurrection was an actual event that changed the course of history?  Which of these do you live?  Do you live as though the Resurrection is a myth, or do you live as though the Resurrection is real and is the greatest event in history?

The truth is, God so loved the world that he sent His Son Jesus to die for us so that we may have life and live it to the full. 
Not only did He die, but He resurrected from the dead, body and soul, so that we may live in His love in this world and the next.  So let us live in His love.  Let us be Easter people!  Let us not live in the bondage of sin and in the grip of Satan.  Let us not be ashamed of our weakness and failures, but let us trust in God’s mercy and His victory over death and sin.  Let us be
proclaimers of the Resurrection so that all people may know that they are loved by God and have the hope of heaven.  Christ is not dead!  The Church is not dead!  The Church is alive because Christ is alive!

May God Bless you and your family abundantly this Easter!

Shileng Yang, Director of Evangelization