Does it matter that Jesus rose from the dead? Join Fr. George in an Easter Season online study of the importance of the Resurrection. Weekly a short video (5-9 minutes) will be emailed/text messaged to you exploring why the Resurrection has such explosive power, how St. Paul went from ardent persecutor to bold missionary, and what to expect of our own resurrected bodies at the end of time.
Want to sign up? Using the message app on your mobile/cell phone, text “SHArisen” to 84576 – easy as that. Sign up by Wednesday April 15th and receive instructions and follow-up details from Fr. George.
Study Schedule: An Introductory email and text message will be sent closer to the start date. Once we begin, the weekly email/texts message will provide a very brief written overview, a link to the video, and some reflection questions. Here is the schedule.
- April 21: Why the Cross is Important. (10-minute video) – Almost everyone knows Jesus died on a Cross. He was mocked, tortured, and then executed in one of the most brutal, painful ways possible: crucifixion. But why? What exactly happened on the Cross, and what did it achieve? Why were the earliest Christian obsessed with proclaiming the Cross of Jesus?
- April 28: Caesar vs. Jesus (7 min) – After Jesus rose from the dead, the early Christians went around the world proclaiming, “Jesus is Lord!” Typical language for us. Radical revolutionary language in the first century.
- May 5: When a violent skeptic meets Jesus Christ … before he became St. Paul. (7 min) Learn more about his remarkable conversion after his contact with the Risen Christ.
- May 11: An online Zoom meeting with Fr. George to open up and discuss the first three studies.
- May 12: The power of Christ (that attracts even atheists). (6 min) After Saint Paul’s conversion, he toured the ancient world proclaiming the dunamis of Jesus Christ. That word, dunamis, appears 120 times in the New Testament, and it’s the root of our English words dynamite and dynamic. What is Paul trying to say?
- May 19: Three words that sum up the purpose of Christianity (8 min) – Christianity is not about participation with Christ, but participation in Christ. But what’s the difference, and why does it matter?
- May 26: What will our resurrected bodies be like? (4 min) – At each Mass, we Christians affirm our belief in “the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” We believe not only in Jesus’ Resurrection, but in the resurrection of our own bodies at the end of time. What will those bodies be like?
- June 1: An online Zoom meeting with Fr. George to open up and discuss the final three studies.