Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Christus vincit

One of my favorite images of Jesus' resurrection victory comes in this verse from today's first reading: "But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron" (Judges 16:3).
1) the residents of the city assumed they were safe since the gates were securely locked -- likewise Satan, death and Hades were lulled into a false sense of security that was eternally disrupted by Jesus' resurrection;
2) Samson carried the gates an unbelievable distance of approximately 30 miles -- the simple point being that NO WAY could those gates be reinstalled. Christ Jesus defeated our enemies and left their "city" desolate.
What confidence and joy God has given us in the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus, the greater Samson who has plundered our enemies FOR US. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

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