Speak Lord: Risen and life-giving

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Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.

Second reading for Christ the King
1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28

Sometimes we consider the Resurrection simply as an event in the life of Jesus. As St Paul reminds it is the event that transforms the potential of all human beings. The Resurrection of Jesus is the event that gives hope for the life of each one of us, living and dead.

Furthermore, the Resurrection is not a past event only but a present event. Christ continues to save and to set free. And we can not only be beneficiaries of this goodness and life, but ourselves work with Christ for the salvation of others, for the building up of the kingdom, the rule of God.

Jesus being raised from the dead. Hans Feisbuch. St Alban the Martyr. (c) 2014, Allen Morris

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