The Resurrection of the Lord / Baptism of the Catechumens as a New Creation.
- Matthew : Women come to the tomb. Still dark. First day of the Week. A reminder of the first day of creation; darkness symbolising an absence of God.
- First reading : Genesis–In the beginning God made….first day of the week.
- Spirit of God hovered over the waters. Refer to Baptism and the gift of the Spirit.
- God said : Let there be light. Refer to the light of Faith given to the Baptised. In the very first verse of the Bible we have the Father creating, the Spirit hovering over the waters giving life and the Word giving light. Later on in the Gospel Our Lord will say : I am the light of the world –again a Baptismal reference to the light of Faith.
- Sixth day : “ Let us make man in our image and likeness.” Scholars see in this “we“ a hint of the three persons of the Blessed Trinity.
- Matthew. The women become the first to bring the Good News that the Lord has risen. They are the Evangelists to the Apostles. Matthew presents the Resurrection as a new creation, harking back to the first day of creation: The first day of the week, eighth day after the Sabbath, Jesus rises from the dead. Hence the sacred day of Sunday : Day of Creation; Day of the Second Creation in the Resurrection of the Lord.
St Paul on Baptism — from the Epistle of the Mass
“When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death…….so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life.“
( Romans. ch.6. v.3/4 )
The Catechumens later on in the Mass will be baptised in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The Baptised person is a new creation –the adopted child of God– endowed with eternal life.
Catechism of the Church
“Because it is the first day, the day of the Resurrection, it recalls the first day of creation; because it is the “eighth day“ following the Sabbath, it symbolises the new creation ushered in by the Resurrection of Christ. For Christians it has become the first of all days, the first of all feasts, the Lord’s Day –Sunday.“
The Catechism quotes St. Justin Martyr ( c. 120 A.D. )
“We all gather on the day of the of the sun, for it is the first day ( after the Jewish Sabbath ), but also the first day when God, separating matter from darkness, made the world and on the same day Jesus Christ rose from the dead. “
Our Lord did not come into the world just to save us from hell or to save us from our sins –wonderful though that is– he came into the world to make all things new, to usher in a new creation.
That is the Good News of the Resurrection of the lord.
Good News indeed.