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Incarnation and resurrection define Christianity

By Frank Flegel

The Catholic Register


REGINA — Archbishop Donald Bolen told the catechumens gathered for the Rite of Election Feb. 18 at Holy Rosary Cathedral that the Word made flesh and the death and resurrection of Jesus are the two central mysteries that define Christianity.

“God chooses to become one of us in the Incarnation,” said the archbishop. “It speaks of God’s desire to be profoundly near, to be where we are, to speak to us in a language that we can understand, and it’s the language of being one with us and living with us.”

The life, death, and resurrection of Christ “is at the very heart of who we are as a Christian community. Its the mystery of the Word, the will to give everything, even himself on the cross, in order to communicate the radical depth of God’s love.”

Bolen said we are born into a mystery. “We do not really know who we are or what we are here for, but we believe we were created for a purpose, loved by God, who wants nothing more than to transform us into his beloved children with whom he will spend eternity.”

When you are baptized into the faith, Bolen told the catechumens, “you are being immersed in the faith of which those two mysteries speak. We are grateful that the Holy Spirit has led you in this direction, and we are grateful for those who have helped prepare you for baptism and confirmation.”

He went on to describe the season of Lent in the church: “We are reminded each year that God’s transformative work within us isn’t finished yet. Lent is the last stage of a journey where you are invited to let the superficial things in life slide off to the side and immerse yourself in what God desires for you: to name you as one who is going to carry out Christ’s work in the world so that the world is transformed.”

The Rite of Election is usually held on the first Sunday of Lent. It is the last step in the journey leading to the sacraments of initiation, which the catechumens will receive at the Easter Vigil in their home parishes.

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