According to Wright, Resurrection was a concept initially believed by the Pharisees as a way the social order wold finally be reinvented, being that they were near the bottom of it compared to the Sadducees. Though, first-century Jews did not think of resurrection as this intermediate state of “disembodied bliss,” but rather a sort of reembodiment. After different Christian notions moved through practice, the religion took on a clear view that resurrection meant passing through death to come to a completely new mode of existence.

Ratzinger expands on this by first examining the part of our creed which states, “He descended into hell,” reminding us that the silence of God is just as prevalent and important as the Word of God. It illuminates the reality that Jesus, after death, descended into a state of nonbeing. This in turn sets up the meaning of resurrection. In face of death, love demands more. It is more powerful. It triumphs over death. Resurrection is “the greater strength of love in the face of death.” Resurrection is about us as human beings discovering that we cannot live alone, and that it is only through God that we become more like ourselves. Resurrection is about putting love over life. It brings to light the concept that Jesus’ love for us was stronger than His need to live, and so in sacrificing one for the other, he was resurrected, and so are we.


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