Appleton, WI

April 20: Day by Day with Father Bil


-from Father Richard Rohr, OFM
To believe that Jesus was raised from the dead is actually not a leap of faith. Resurrection and renewal are, in fact, the universal and observable pattern of everything. We might just as well use non-religious terms like “springtime,” “regeneration,” “healing,” “forgiveness,” “life cycles,” “darkness,” and “light.” If incarnation is real, if material creation is inspirited, then resurrection in multitudinous forms is to be fully expected. Or to paraphrase a statement attributed to Albert Einstein, it is not that one thing is a miracle, but that every thing is a miracle! … if death is not possible for anything that shares in divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), God is by definition eternal, and God is love, which is also eternal, and this same Love has been planted in our hearts by the Spirit dwelling within us. Such fully implanted Love cannot help but evolve and prove victorious, and our word for that final victory is resurrection…Resurrection is about the whole of creation, it is about history, it is about every human who has ever been conceived, sinned, suffered, and died, every animal that has lived and died a tortured death, every element that has changed from solid, to liquid, to ether, over great expanses of time. It is about you and it is about me. It is about everything. The Christ journey is indeed another name for everything.
Father Bill +