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Mysterium Paschale: The Mystery of Easter Paperback – October 5, 2000
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So good to get the opportunity to read this as Easter is coming near!
Hans Urs Von Balthasar carefully distinguishes between the temporal and the eternal realms so that he is able to talk about events occurring in the temporal realm from an eternal perspective; God's perspectives. Eternity is in radical contrast to time. It is always in the present and knows no past or future. The fullness of time happened when eternity embraced time. What happened then was not separate from eternity because Jesus did then what he does in eternity - he gave out his life giving Spirit (Cor 15,45). 'I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.'(1 Cor 15, 50)
Jesus came into this world and his subsequent suffering was inevitable as we had already chose not to accept the gift of life from God in the garden of Eden. In confrontation with this, Jesus participated by taking it upon himself: actively on the cross and passively in the place of the dead on Holy Saturday. He took upon himself the consequences of sin so that sin became swallowed up by God. He showed the way to the Father by setting the model of the Kingdom of Heaven in which we become responsible for others by living a life for others.
Heaven was inaugurated on Easter, begins right here in the temporal sphere and is consummated in its end. It is acquired as soon as we accept Jesus and continues in our affirming him. Spending time reading this book was part of my affirmation that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.