Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 169 with thepower of theHolySpirit: he shares thedivine life inhisglorious state, so that St. Paul can say that Christ is “the man of heaven.” 512 The Resurrection as transcendent event 647 O truly blessed Night, sings the Exsultet of the Easter Vigil, which alone deserved to know the time and the hour when Christ rose from the realm of the dead! 513 But no one was an eyewitness to Christ’s Resurrection and no evangelist describes it. No one can say how it came about physically. Still less was its innermost essence, his passing over to another life, perceptible to the senses. Although the Resurrection was an historical event that could be verified by the sign of the empty tomb and by the reality of the apostles’ encounters with the risen Christ, still it remains at the very heart of the mystery of faith as something that transcends and sur- passes history. This is why the risen Christ does not reveal himself to the world, but to his disciples, “to those who came upwith him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.” 514 II. T he R esurrection —A W ork of the H oly T rinity 648 Christ’s Resurrection is an object of faith in that it is a tran­ scendent intervention of God himself in creation and history. In it the three divine persons act together as one, and manifest their own proper characteristics. The Father’s power “raised up” Christ his Son and by doing so perfectly introduced his Son’s humanity, including his body, into the Trinity. Jesus is conclusively revealed as “Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his Resurrection from the dead.” 515 St. Paul insists on the manifestation of God’s power 516 through the working of the Spirit who gave life to Jesus’ dead humanity and called it to the glorious state of Lordship. 649 As for the Son, he effects his own Resurrection by virtue of his divine power. Jesus announces that the Son of man will have to suffer much, die, and then rise. 517 Elsewhere he affirms explicitly: “I laydown my life, that I may take it again. . . . I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” 518 “We believe that Jesus died and rose again.” 519 512 Cf. 1 Cor 15:35-50. 513 “O vere beata nox, quae sola meruit scire tempus et horam, in qua Christus ab inferis resurrexit!” 514 Acts 13:31; cf. Jn 14:22. 515 Rom 1:3-4; cf. Acts 2:24. 516 Cf. Rom 6:4; 2 Cor 13:4; Phil 3:10; Eph 1:19-22; Heb 7:16. 517 Cf. Mk 8:31; 9:9-31; 10:34. 518 Jn 10:17-18. 519 1 Thess 4:14. 1000 258, 989 663 445 272