Sonntag, 13. Mai 2012

How do we prove that Jesus rose from the dead?

Also, das ist mal eine echt ungewöhnliche Beweisführung in mehreren Schritten in der Predigt Fr. Benjamins zum 5. Sonntag der Osterzeit: Jesus ist wahrhaft auferstanden, schließlich lädt er die Menschen zur bräutlichen Bindung an sich ein[1]. (Der Blog Brother Priests, auf dem der Beitrag erschien, wird übrigens von eineiigen Zwillingsbrüdern geführt – was so ein Bart doch ausmacht –, die beide Priester sind.)

Hier gehe ich übrigens völlig d'accord: It is not a surprise that those who do not believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead have a hard time dealing with this sort of marriage. The suspicion against celibacy comes exactly from the direction of people who doubt that Jesus is alive.
Another startling piece of evidence that Jesus is alive is the witness of those in consecrated life, that is, Christians who have promised never to marry because they feel that Jesus Christ has invited them to a spousal relationship with him. Some time ago there was an article in the popular news about a way of life in the Catholic Church known as consecrated virginity. This form of life is not as well known as priesthood or religious life, but the simplicity of this commitment makes it even more startling. …

It is not a surprise that those who do not believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead have a hard time dealing with this sort of marriage. The suspicion against celibacy comes exactly from the direction of people who doubt that Jesus is alive. The popular media generally sees celibacy as an unnatural behavior, essentially another version of a woman who married herself in North Dokota, or the woman who married herself in Taiwan, an action that is some sort of unhealthy coping mechanism by people who cannot fit in in the normal way.

The Church treasures consecrated celibacy and virginity, because it is a witness to the Gospel. If consecrated virgins are actually healthy and happy and fulfilled just like any happily married woman, then we are left with one startling conclusion: Jesus must be alive, because Elizabeth Lee is happily married to him.

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[1] In diesem Fall mit einer amerikanischen Mitschwester

Bild: Mystische Vermählung der hl. Katharina, mit den hll. Johannes der Täufer und Antonius (beide werden als jungfräuliche Heilige verehrt), Michelino da Besozzo um 1420

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