Alleluia! He Is Risen!

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:11)

(It’s surely obvious, by now, I have great respect and admiration for the work of Msgr. Charles Pope. Grateful for his permission to reprint his articles here, I found this Easter homily, written on March 26, 2015, particularly apropos for us at TNRS, especially in these days when it seems life presents endless opportunities to make the journey from fear to faith, sometimes moment by moment.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Blessed Easter!)

 

THE JOURNEY FROM FEAR TO FAITH – A HOMILY FOR EASTER MORNING

One option for the gospel for Easter Sunday morning is from John 20:1-8. And like most of the resurrection gospels it paints a portrait of a journey that some of the early disciples have to make out of fear and into faith. It shows the need to experience the resurrection and then come to understand it more deeply.

I have blogged before on the Matthean gospel option for Easter Sunday morning. This year I present John’s. Let us focus especially on the journey that St. John makes from fear to faith. While the gospel begins with Mary Magdalene, the focus quickly shifts to St. John. Let’s study his journey.

I. REACTION MODE – The text begins by describing everyone as being in a reaction mode, quite literally running about in a panic! On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”

Notice that the text describes the opening moments as “still dark.” And it is likely that John is doing more than telling us the time of day. The deeper point is that there is still a darkness that envelops everyone’s mind.  The darkness makes it difficult for us to see and our fears and sorrows can blind us.

Notice also that she looks right at the evidence of the resurrection but presumes and concludes the worst: grave robbers have surely come and snatched the body of the Lord! It doesn’t even occur to her to remember that Jesus had said that He would rise on the third day and that this was that very third day. No, she goes immediately into reaction mode instead of reflection mode. Her mind jumps to the worst conclusion; by reacting and failing to reflect, she looks right at the blessing and sees a curse.

And often we do this, too. We look at our life and see only the burdens instead of the blessings

1. I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings instead of thinking, “Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf. Thank you that I have the strength to rise; there are many who do not.”

2. Even though the first hour of the day may be hectic: socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and the children are so loud; we ought to be thinking, “Thank you Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.”We can even be thankful for the taxes we pay because it means we’re employed, for the clothes that fit a little too snugly because it means we have enough to eat, for our heating bill because it means we are warm, for the weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means we have been productive.

3. Every day millions of things go right and only a handful go wrong. What will we focus on? Will we look right at the signs of our blessings and call them burdens or will we bless the Lord? Do we live lives that are reactive and negative or do we live reflectively, remembering that the Lord says that even our burdens are gifts in strange packages. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Do we know this, or are we like the disciples on that early morning, when it is still dark, looking right at the blessings but drawing only negative conclusions, reacting and failing to reflect?

II. RECOVERY MODE – The text goes on to describe a certain subtle move from reaction to reflection. So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.

We start in reaction mode. Notice how Mary Magdalene’s anxiety is contagious. She comes running to the apostles, all out of breath, and says that “they” (whoever “they” are) have taken the Lord (she speaks of Him as a corpse) and “we” (she and the other women who had gone out) don’t know where they put Him (again, she speaks of Him as an inanimate corpse). And Mary’s panic and reactive mode triggers that same reaction in the Apostles. Now they’re all running! The mad dash to the tomb has begun.

But notice that they are running to verify grave robbery, not the resurrection. Had they but taken time to reflect, perhaps they would have remembered that the Lord had said He would rise on the third day and that this was the third day. Never mind all that; panic and running have spread and they rush forth to confirm their worst fears.

But note a subtlety. John begins to pick up speed as he runs. And his speed, I would argue, signals reflection and hope. Some scholars say it indicates merely that he was the younger man. Unlikely. The Holy Spirit, speaking through John, is not likely interested in passing things such as youth. Some of the Fathers of the Church see a greater truth at work in the love and mystical tradition that John the Apostle symbolizes. He was the “disciple whom Jesus loved,” the disciple who knew and experienced that love of God. And love often sees what knowledge and authority can only appreciate and affirm later. Love gets there first.

There is also a Bible verse that I would argue decodes John’s  increasing strength as he runs:

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Is 40:31).

Perhaps John ran faster as he began to move from reaction to reflection and remembrance. When you run fast you can’t talk a lot, so you get alone with your thoughts. There is something about love that enlightens and recalls what the beloved has said. Perhaps John begins to think, to reflect and recall.

  1. Didn’t Jesus say He’d rise three days later?
  2. Isn’t this that day?
  3. Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel?
  4. Didn’t He deliver Noah from the flood?
  5. Didn’t He deliver Joseph from the hands of his brothers and from the deep dungeon?
  6. Didn’t He deliver Moses and the people from Egypt?
  7. Didn’t He deliver David from Goliath and Saul?
  8. Didn’t He deliver Jonah from the whale?
  9. Didn’t He deliver Queen Esther and the people from wicked men?
  10. Didn’t He deliver Susanna from her false accusers?
  11. Didn’t He deliver Judith from Holofernes?
  12. Didn’t Jesus raise the dead?
  13. Didn’t He promise to rise?
  14. Didn’t God promise to deliver the just from all their trials?
  15. Ah! As for me I know that my redeemer liveth!

Something started to happen in John. And I have it on the best of authority that he began to sing in his heart as he ran,

“I don’t feel no ways tired. Come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy but I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me.”

Yes, John is in recovery now. He’s moved from reaction to reflection and he is starting to regain his faith.

The text says that he looked in and saw the grave clothes but waited for Peter. Mystics and lovers may get there first but the Church has a Magisterium that must be respected, too. John waits, but as we shall see, he has made his transition from reaction to reflection, from fear to faith.

III. REASSESSMENT MODE – In life, our initial reactions must often be reassessed as further evidence comes in. Peter and John must take a fresh look at the evidence from their own perspective. The text says, When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths [lying] there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.

Mary Magdalene’s assessment had been, in effect, grave robbers. But the evidence for that seems odd. Usually grave robbers were after the fine linens in which the dead were buried. But here are the linens and gone is the body! Strange.

And there is something even stranger about the linens. If it had been grave robbers they wouldn’t have taken the time to unwrap the body of valuable grave linens. The Greek text describes the clothes as κείμενα (keimena) – lying stretched out in place, lying in order. It is almost as if the clothes simply “deflated” in place when the body they covered disappeared!

Not only that, but the most valuable cloth of all, the σουδάριον (soudarion), is carefully folded. Grave robbers would not leave the most valuable things behind. And surely, even if for some strange reason they wanted the body rather than the linens, they would not have bothered to carefully unwrap and fold things, leaving them all stretched out in an orderly way. Robbers work quickly; they snatch and leave disarray in their wake.

Life is like this: you can’t simply accept the first interpretation of things. Every reporter knows that “in the fog of war the first reports are always wrong.” And thus we, too, have to be careful not to jump to all sorts of negative conclusions just because someone else is worried. Sometimes we need to take a fresh look at the evidence and interpret it as men and women of hope and faith, as men and women who know that though God may test us He will not forsake us.

John is now looking at the same evidence that Mary Magdalene did. But his faith and hope give him a different vision. His capacity to move beyond fearful reaction to faithful reflection is changing the picture.

We know little of the reaction of Peter or Mary Magdalene at this point; the focus is on John. And the focus is on you. What do you see in life? Do you see grave robbers? Or are you willing to reconsider and move from knee-jerk fear to reflective faith?

Does your resurrection faith make you ready to reassess the bad news you receive and look for blessings even in crosses?

IV. RESURRECTION MODE – And now, though somewhat cryptically, the text focuses on the reaction and mindset of St. John. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

At one level the text says plainly that St. John saw and believed. Does the text mean only that he now believed Mary Magdalene’s story that the body was gone? Well, as is almost always the case with John’s Gospel, there is both a plain meaning and a deeper meaning. The context here seems clearly to be that John has moved to a deeper level. The text says that he ἐπίστευσεν (episteusen); he “believed.” The verb here is in the aorist tense, a tense that generally portrays a situation as simple or undivided, that is, as having a perfective (completed) aspect. In other words, something has come to fruition in him.

And yet the text also seems to qualify, saying, they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. It is as if to say that John came to believe that Jesus had risen but had not yet come to fully understand all the scriptural connections and how this had to be. He only knew in his heart by love and through this evidence that Jesus was risen. Deeper understanding would have to come later.

But for our purposes let us observe that St. John has gone from fear to faith. He has not yet seen Jesus alive but he believes based on the evidence and on what his own heart and mind tell him.

At this moment John is like us. He has not seen but he believes. Neither have we seen, but we believe. John would see him alive soon enough and so will we!

We may not have an advanced degree in Scripture but through love we, too, can know that He lives. Why and how? Because of the same evidence:

  1. The grave clothes of my old life are strewn before me.
  2. I’m rising to new life.
  3. I am experiencing greater victory over sin.
  4. Old sins and my old Adam are being put to death.
  5. The life of the new Adam, Christ, is coming alive.
  6. I’m being set free and have hope and confidence, new life and new gifts.
  7. I have increasing gratitude, courage, and a deep peace that says that everything is all right.
  8. The grave clothes of my old way of life lie stretched out before me and I now wear a new robe of righteousness.
  9. I’m not what I want to be but I’m not what I used to be.

So we, like John, see. We see not the risen Lord, not yet anyway. But we see the evidence and we believe.

St. John leaves this scene a believer. His faith may not be the fully perfected faith it will become, but he does believe. John has gone from fear to faith, from reaction to reflection, from panic to peace. This is his journey and, prayerfully, ours too.

About Beckita

Beckita, widow, mother and grandmother, lives in Missoula, Montana. After more than thirty years of service, she retired from two careers: elementary school educator and director of liturgical music ministry in a local parish. Serving the Catholic Church in many capacities since early childhood, she now provides care for a nearly 90 year old priest of Chinese origin and collaborates with him in evangelizing the Chinese people. For more than twenty-five years, she has welcomed words from heaven concerning these sobering times in which we live and, like so many, takes seriously Our Lord and Our Lady’s call to intercede for the return of souls to God. Responding to heaven’s call for prayer, for her, included making pilgrimages to shrines in Europe, Asia and South America. She says these travels, added to her years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa in the mid-seventies, have expanded her heart to hold dear all peoples of the world. She is a longtime member of TNRS community and when she began reading Charlie’s posts, immediately, she found that his mission and message harmonize well with Church approved private revelation of our times. In September 2015, she accepted an invitation to become part of TNRS Answers Team. As events of the Storm evolved, last fall (2016), she accepted Charlie’s invitation to become managing editor of TNRS should he need to leave the site. With great gratitude to and for Charlie, founder of TNRS, and with great respect and admiration for the lifelong experiences and God-given gifts he brought to bear on his work at this site - she knows we all know he’s irreplaceable – still, she considers it a great privilege to serve the TNRS community.
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45 Responses to Alleluia! He Is Risen!

  1. Josephine says:

    Thank you, Beckita, for your Easter gift, this perception changing reflection that penetrates deeply into the heart and soul.

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  2. He’s Alive – Easter Video – Don Francisco

    Wonderful song and video about the Resurrection (4 minutes);

    Dave

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  3. Joe Crozier says:

    Happy Easter to everyone. Love Joecro xx

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  4. mbrandon8026 says:

    Dear Beckita, Charlie et al

    Msgr. Pope tells it true.

    Mark Mallett left these simple words for Easter.
    God is Love. . . Love never fails.
    Christ is risen, Alleluia.

    Between them, I think they got it covered.

    My God, I believe. Help my unbelief.

    May God richly bless all who come here.

    Michael Brandon

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  5. Soar~* says:

    Amen~*! Alleluia He is Risen~* Beautiful writing and reflection on resurrection Sunday…, thank you and Happy Easter~*

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  6. Soar~* says:

    ‘Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.’- Pope John Paul ll~* 🎶✨

    A blessed and joyous Easter to you all!~*

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  7. Snowy Owl says:

    Beautiful! Happy blessed Easter to everyone here! 🐣 🕆 🐥

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  8. SteveBC says:

    As I contemplated Msgr Pope’s writing, and how Peter and then John went in and saw and believed, I thought of the Shroud of Turin. Peter and John were the first to go in and look. If the Shroud of Turin actually is the linen used for Jesus’s burial (and I think there is another linen now known and studied, the folded piece), it would have been imprinted at the time He arose. That would mean that Peter and John would have seen the image on the Shroud when they inspected the linens there. Would they have understood the image for what it was? I believe so.

    The words are that they went in, saw the linens, and believed. Could they have been looking not only at the positioning of the linens but at the image in what we now call the Shroud of Turin? They “saw and believed” may be saying that, but assuredly I don’t know that to be true.

    If there were an image on either or both cloths, the two men would have taken both linens with them when they left the tomb, and efforts would have been made after that to hold the linens in safekeeping. I have never heard of any verses or writings that discuss these linens after that visit to the tomb, nor any that mention any image. Is that because the linens held no image and were abandoned there, or because they were considered such sacred evidence that they were kept in secret? I find it odd that nobody ever discussed the linens in any contemporary or future writings, other than here to say “they saw [the linens] and believed.” This is one of the reasons I have doubts about the Shroud, even though recent evidence is surprisingly compelling. Why would they not talk about an image if it indeed were there?

    Anyone have any information or thoughts about this possibility?

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    • Beckita says:

      SteveBC, Fr. Wang has done extensive reading on the Shroud of Turin from both scientific reports and Church mystical sources. Even as those who prepared Jesus’ body for burial were wrapping Him in the burial cloths, they could already see His body being imprinted. Further, those who entered the tomb on Easter morning absolutely and clearly saw all the markings which remain on the Shroud to this day. It’s amazing.

      They would surely have understood the image as Jesus had told them he would rise again in three days. From Matthew’s Gospel 20: 17-19:

      A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
      17 While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, 18 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19 then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”

      EWTN runs some programs each Lenten season concerning the latest studies and discoveries about the Shroud. I noticed some of these are posted at You Tube.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Very interesting, thank you, Beckita. The video I saw several years ago stated that the imprinting probably came at the moment of Resurrection, due to a massive flash of light, like a flashbulb. I have not heard anything about imprinting without light during the burial on Friday. I’ll check out what’s on youtube. Again, thanks.

        Happy Easter, everyone! 🙂

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      • al chandanais says:

        Heard on EWTN Radio Broadcast this past weekend. In the book “Eucharistic Miracles” author unknown to me, it is said that a host that had been dropped then placed in water to disolve developed what looked like scabs upon it. After a forensic doctor studied the host/scab found heart muscle of a man in his 30’s. blood sample from the scab matched the blood sample from the Shroud of Turin. Praise God another truth to hold onto.

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    • Beckita says:

      Oh My Goodness, Steve! Just look what you started. And it’s a good thing. 😉 Yet another study, a new one, authenticating the Shroud – well, more accurately, it provides evidence that the Shroud and the Sudarium are linked: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434153/shroud-turin-jesus-christ-blood-relic-sudarium-oviedo

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      • SteveBC says:

        Thanks for this. This article discusses again that the image was “exposed” onto the shroud in a single moment of cosmically intense energy at the time of the Resurrection, not that the image appeared during the burial. I’ve never heard anything like that latter claim. In fact, it would seem to me that the Apostles et al would have experienced less despair after the burial and would not “see and believe” on Sunday if they already knew about the image two days before.

        Where did Fr Wang find indications that the image appeared during the burial? I know that my reaction to the image would foster more belief if I saw it for the first time on Sunday morning. Why give it to His followers before then and vitiate its miraculous nature and ultimate impact, particularly in our day? That would associate the shroud with His burial when the important item to be memorialized and spread to the world now would more appropriately be the moment of His Resurrection.

        In other words, although the Shroud *shows* Him dead, it concretizes the specific, brief, intense moment of His *Resurrection*. I find this idea that His image appeared during burial to be both inconsistent with the scientific evidence and situationally confusing.

        What am I misunderstanding?

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        • Beckita says:

          Steve, thanks again for pondering aloud. The information Fr. Wang referenced is in the 4 volumes of visions, revealed as a movie, to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich: Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations. (No one before or after her has been given such details.) He reaffirmed Blessed Emmerich was shown that the imprint of Christ’s body was already noticeable as His body was being wrapped.

          Father commented that he respects the efforts of the scientific studies, yet, there really is no certain proof “…the image was ‘exposed’ onto the shroud in a single moment of cosmically intense energy at the time of the Resurrection…” Father then mentioned the image left on the cloth which Veronica used to wipe Jesus’ face as He walked the Via Dolorosa. There was no Resurrection with charge of light to accompany that miracle of imprinting Christ’s image on cloth. This prompted me to remember another miraculous image: Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image which was left on the tilma of St. Juan Diego. We talked then of how God can use His divine power, miraculously, in any way He desires.

          I really appreciate this discussion, Steve. I have only read excerpts from the revelations given to Blessed Emmerich. I could read many more using Father’s “Cliff Notes” version as he has them stored in his office, but now I’m motivated to read the revelations for myself.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Beckita, thank you. I have answered Phillip Frank here:

            https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/he-is-risen/comment-page-1/#comment-122277

            and you might like to read that. Indeed, I had forgotten the Veil miracle. Phillip provided a reasonable process by which the Shroud could have been created from a positive image created on Friday. I’m quite intrigued. Without that possible mechanism to reconcile the two sides of the story, I would have trouble accepting Blessed Emmerich’s related description, since that is only private revelation. I don’t know of any relatively contemporary writings from that early era that would support that description from private revelation, so if you know of any such and have a way for me to read them, please let me know how to find them.

            Thank you. 🙂

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          • Beckita says:

            SteveBC, thanks for your comments today. I appreciate your ways of thinking and pondering in depth, including the abundant details which your mind can encompass. I also greatly respect the ways encouraged by the Church to employ reason when considering the beliefs of faith. Unfortunately, even though I had the great gift of attending Catholic grade school, high school and college for my undergraduate degree, I don’t recall the explicit interplay of faith and reason being highlighted in my education. Was this a case of it was there and I just missed it? Or is my brain more inclined to embrace faith via other means? I don’t know.

            Recently, I’ve enjoyed programs presented on EWTN by Fr. Robert Spitzer who is a man of brilliant intellect, as are you. Noting that we are losing lots of teenage kids from believing and practicing their faith, in our day and age, because their questions are not being answered in a satisfactory way by many catechetical materials used today, Fr. Spitzer has established the Magis Institute to share and sell materials he has created which answer our teens in a way that incorporates faith and reason. Father encourages the use of these materials at the parish level as well. I cannot access the site at the moment but I found some You Tube videos when I serached for Fr. Spitzer and the Shroud of Turin. Haven’t yet looked at them myself but knowing you and knowing Fr. Spitzer, I think you would find his work of value.

            I greatly value Fr. Wang’s statement: “God can use His divine power, miraculously, in any way He desires.” Not because it’s the quick answer, brushing science aside, but because some miracles cannot be proven by science. Phillip said it best, I think: “But miracles are miracles and miracles are naturally unnatural since miracles are reported to be miraculous by science when science CAN’T explain them!” See, Father had studied reports on the Shroud for years. Then, in the last twenty years, he has delved into the mystical literature of the Church. He was trained to take a scholarly approach to studies since childhood. So, while we are free to believe or disbelieve private revelation, once I discern private revelation to be authentic, I take it seriously. The ALL IN approach.

            Fr. W, with four major degrees, two of which are PhDs and one is the JUD, has been immersed in Biblical studies, as well as in-depth studies of theology, Church history, Mariology, and mystical theology, in addition to various studies of topics like the Shroud of Turin. That Father has accepted Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s revelations to be true – not in a blind, unthoughtful way but in light of his erudite background – I have confidence in his discernment. But that’s me. I’ve been listening to his inspirational and instructive homilies and retreats for more than thirty years and I continue to learn from him, day by day.

            Sorry, Steve, I don’t know of contemporary writings of the time period you have mentioned. Thank *you* so much for this discussion. 😉

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          • SteveBC says:

            Beckita, just to finish up, I was not trying to invalidate Emmerich’s works. I was simply indicating my discomfort when good science *seems* to conflict with private revelation. Further, although recognized private revelation can be considered true, I find it hard to believe that *all* of any prophet’s writings are necessarily true, since prophets as we know can bring through good information less than perfectly.

            The cool thing about Phillip Frank’s hypothesis is that it reconciles science and private revelation in a serious way. His hypothesis makes the initial positive image that Emmerich writes of a *necessary and sufficient* condition for the negative on the Shroud. The known science done on the Shroud could not have been done without that positive image having been there, because the negative could not have been made at all without that positive image being there *beforehand*.

            Since you may not be up on science and engineering, you may not see how superbly PF’s hypothesis does this, but it is truly what is known in the trade as an “elegant solution.” 🙂 That it reconciles science and faith so superbly and so simply is truly a wonder to me.

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          • Beckita says:

            I’m happy you have an elegant solution, SteveBC. 😉 Awesomeness. You are correct that I’m not up on science, although I was one of two girls in my high school physics class and one of three girls in chemistry class because I really wanted to become a medical missionary nun back in the day and go to Africa… I DID make it to Africa.;-) But how far I’ve drifted from scientific thinking. 😉 I’m also happy that God created us in all manner of diversity, granted many ways to pursue our good inclinations and reaches out in diverse ways to capture our hearts and souls that we would seek union with Him.

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        • singingjuls says:

          Steve and Beckita, just an observation and my small penny’s worth…how could the apostles have known about the image at the burial if they were hiding in fear? In all of the Gospel accounts it was Joseph of Arimathea who buried the body of Jesus, and in John’s Gospel, Nicodemus helped him. I would think that Joseph and Nicodemus would have been in much grief over His death and too preocupied with preparing His body for burial to notice an image on a burial cloth, aside from the imprints from all of the open wounds. And Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of Joses watched as they buried Jesus so they probably would not have seen an image. I don’t know that much about the scientific evidence about the shroud (which fascinates me), but if the stories we have heard about God and Heaven’s light being more blinding than the sun, I do believe as you do that a negative image could be made. Jesus rises from the dead, from the deepest darkness, and suddenly in a flash our brightest hope, the sinless Light of the World, is back. He is Risen, Alleluia!

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  9. Spikenard says:

    Photographic film, invented less than 200 years ago, creates good negative images. And because that is so, it was finally discovered that the shroud image was a negative when it was first photographed in 1898 by Secondo Pia. The negative that emerged from the camera was a positive picture.

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  10. Phillip Frank says:

    Sure Steve,
    Scripture itself gives evidence why so much tradition is missing from its texts.
    “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21-25).
    So for brevities sake, the Apostles limited all their experience to what was necessary for us.
    As far as the “look” of the shroud to the Apostles, remember, Jesus was covered with open wounds, His blood stained the cloth (which has faded over the centuries but His pre-resurrected blood is still present there), so the fresh blood stains would have been infused in with the “miraculous” imprinting from Jesus’ resurrection at first glance. Also, remember that the image is not a mirror image but a negative image of Jesus, and this is not quickly discernable to most people especially considering that a “negative” wasn’t even heard of before photography was invented.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Yes, Phillip, I understand it is a negative. The researchers say that the image was created by an extremely intense, extremely short burst of light that is theorized to have occurred at the moment Jesus’s spirit came back into his dead body, healed it, and returned it to life. This is not consistent with the idea that the image appeared as the body was wrapped in the shroud on Good Friday. Note that the Sudarium, which covered Jesus’s head when he was taken down from the cross, has blood stains that match the wound locations on the Shroud, but the Sudarium which touched Him on Good Friday has no image on it. If His image went onto the Shroud simply because the Shroud touched His body on Good Friday, then the Sudarium should also have an image on it. Since it does not, I think the process of the image required something in addition to simple contact with His body. The science says mere contact was not enough. Another point is that if the image came from contact, not only should an image have appeared on the Sudarium, but the image on the Shroud should not be of a man clearly positioned on a table surface and properly arranged *with* the upper part of the Shroud positioned over the body and covering any image that might have formed at the moment of last contact. Those who placed Jesus in the tomb could *not* have seen that upper image appear, even if it had done so as they brought the linen up over Him to cover the body. So it seems to me that there was no image until Sunday morning, and that is why the linens are so important as to be mentioned (as far as I know) only when discussing what happened Sunday morning, when they “saw and believed.” The existence of real blood on the Sudarium and the Shroud does *not* imply, let alone prove, that the image on the Shroud appeared on contact with His body. I personally believe He was really dead, that his body laid there on the table surface and bled further onto the Shroud, and that there were no special energies or miracles associated with that body until Sunday morning’s instant of Resurrection. That interpretation is consistent with what the scientists have found in their investigations, which is why I get confused when I hear the claim that the image appeared as they wrapped him in the Shroud on Friday. Assertions are not evidence. I would need evidence clear and powerful enough to offset the simpler Occam’s Razor solution of the scientific evidence. Do you have any such evidence? If you do, I very much want to see it. 🙂

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      • Phillip Frank says:

        The miraculous image on veronica vail is a mirror image from Jesus’ face pressing into it by mere contact. (First evidence of mere contact causing His image to appear.)
        The reported blood image of Jesus on the shroud would/could have been similar to the vail miracle before His resurrection and is why the claim that His image was on the shroud BEFORE His resurrection is so made. This image may have been removed by the power of the miracle of His resurrection which then left the negative image.
        This would then explain the two different stories of His image being on the shroud, one from His body pressing its image into the cloth and the other from the power of His resurrection.
        It may be possible that they BOTH where on the shroud in the early days but the pre-resurrected image/blood stains faded over time leaving the post-resurrected image we have today.
        But miracles are miracles and miracles are naturally unnatural since miracles are reported to be miraculous by science when science CAN’T explain them! (Second evidence).
        Jesus may have been more interested in leaving evidence of His resurrection than of His crucifixion and this is why the shroud now leads us to the latter.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Phillip, that is *very* interesting. As Beckita pointed out, the Veil of Veronica was imprinted without a burst of light, and I had forgotten that event. So I am willing to suppose an image did appear on Friday. However, if private revelation is the only source of the story that such an image appeared on Friday, and I have scientific evidence that strongly indicates a flash of light created the image on the Shroud, I have to go with the flash, absent a decent interpretation that can link the two.

          Your suggestion that a pre-existing imprinted positive image was burned away to provide a negative during a high-energy flash at the moment of Resurrection is quite clever and might well be scientifically possible. Certainly a similar approach is used daily as part of the process of creating semiconductor chips. I’m quite intrigued with the idea. I have had trouble trying to figure out the mechanism by which the positive was created at the time of the flash that created the negative. It seems to me that under the flash hypothesis, the flash would have had to come from inside the body, perfectly sourced and timed to photograph His skin as the positive and causing the negative on the Shroud. In some ways that’s a neat idea, but in other ways it hasn’t been very satisfying to me.

          If we postulate that there was a pre-existing positive image on the Shroud from Friday, and if the flash on Sunday came from within and extended out from the skin, it would hit the imprinted positive image and transform the Shroud without harming the body. After all, that flash was in some ways incredibly hot. That kind of a process would explain why the Shroud image is different in nature from that on the Veil, which from the writings of the time had to have been an easily recognized positive image, or the people who saw it would probably not have understood what they were looking at. It also allows for the “seeing and believing” scene on Sunday, as Peter and John would have seen the negative image on the Shroud and known it was massively different (“transformed”) from the one they saw or heard of on Friday. They would have known instantly that something profound had happened.

          As is constantly stated, private revelation can be accepted or not, and if the story of an image appearing on the Shroud on Friday only comes from private revelation, I have to set it aside if it appears to conflict with actual scientific evidence. Your hypothesis actually provides a scientifically possible interpretation I find satisfying enough to accept tentatively, one that reconciles the two different sets of data.

          I must say thank you for passing this along. I’d never heard of that idea before, but it is pretty satisfying. 🙂

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  11. Joe Crozier says:

    In Garabandal Our Lady assured Conchita that the image on the shroud was that of her Son.

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  12. Mary Dyas says:

    Msgr Charles Pope  wrote the homily Beckita reprints. Eye opening for me!

    Jesus, I trust in You

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  13. SanSan says:

    Msgr Pope does it again……such a great teacher. Happy Easter Monday, “Pasquetta”. I wish you and yours a blessed and grace-filled Octave.

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  14. I wonder what Charlie would have to say about the events concerning North Korea? What kind of chance does he give to this situation blowing up, figuratively and/or literally? I’m not expecting an answer, just the old noggin going tic … tic … tic.

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    • SteveBC says:

      DoctorDave, hello! Charlie hasn’t said anything particular to the TNRS team about North Korea. We on the team are simply staying prepared for anything. I advise everyone else, including you, to do the same and to remember his core message to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a beacon of hope to those around us. We may not know what is coming, but we are privileged to know how to get through it. 🙂

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      • Beckita says:

        Amen, SteveBC. And Alleluia!

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        • …j’so you know… if our resident Doctor of Thinkology is going to kick off a 3,045-word speculative Shroud thread (with only 3 “bings” btw), then any other ‘thinking out loud’ is a welcome respite from the usual, monotonous crunching of boots on gravel.

          Not a week goes by that I don’t wonder (at least once) what Charlie is thinking about one thing or another, and it’s not mere curiosity. For that matter, I often find myself asking, “what’s YD up to?” Or at least, “I wonder what he’s eatin’ for dinner?”

          I’m pondering Acts of the Apostles (as is usual this time of year). There’s some dialog recorded there, but you can bet that doesn’t even scratch the surface. Surely there was a great deal more said and I’ll bet plenty of thinking out loud, speculating and wondering in the mix.

          Doug is pulling that little red wagon (Janet, LRW reference) with the squeaky wheel. Funny, but that squeak starts to sound like “trust… trust… trust…” on the flat stretches. On the uphill, it’s back to “squeak… squeak… squeak…” which sorta spurs you on to get to the next flat patch. Well, there’s no turning back.

          All that said, nice save with the TNRS reminder, SteveBC. B, gracious as usual. I’m feeling playful, but eyeballing the next stretch with serious intent. I’d tell Doug to oil the wheel, but I’m afraid I’d lose my peace without it… it’s a part of the joyous rhythm now.

          Doug, I set you up for a pun there. Have at it.

          God Bless,
          MP

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    • Beckita says:

      Doctordave, Charlie has provided links to various articles of analysis at National Review and he has recommended to me that Victor Davis Hanson is a writer whose view he respects. Using this resource may calm some of the tic… tic… tic… 😉

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      We don’t need to worry and fret about the storm but while keeping or eyes fixed on The Lord our field of vision can still encompass the horizon and what is gathering there. We should be alert.

      In Fatima we were warned that Russia would spread her errors over the world. Agents were sent our from Moscow after 1917 to both China and N Korea to establish Communism which still has absolute control of both countries, In Garabandal we are told that in the Tribulation Russia will suddenly and unexpectedly overrun and overwhelm a great part of the free world. We are told that Tribulation is Communism. There is already evidence of a revival of communism in Russia and even suggestions that the new regime in Russia contains many elements of the old.

      And as can be seen from the link, Russia is moving in again.

      The new axis of evil is Russia, China and North Korea.

      Much must happen before the Warning intervenes and a papal visit to Moscow before Tribulation takes off. But Tribulation is sitting on the runway awaiting clearance. The fuse has not yet been lit but it is being prepared. As SteveBC says we too should stay prepared. Everything else is nearly in place – are we?

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        oops sorry about some of that material in the link- Here is the headline if you want to delete it
        “Putin moves missiles to North Korea border as Russia gets ready for WAR

        VIDEO footage appears to show Russian military forces being moved on mass to the border with North Korea as the world edges closer to World War 3. “

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