940. Taking the matter for granted in the resurrection does not mean that we deny that the resurrected also needs to put an end to death or the dead. 1 The birth of a new humanity is the ultimate historical event, and the death of the old reality is precisely the birth of the new one. The resurrection restores the lost oneness of being because it changes the meaning of death. The world that exists now is the only one we can baptize – with a few exceptions in the history of salvation. True, there is a certain “must be” in this: Behold, we must be born again! Hence the essence of the resurrection is not that the so-called dead or the other have risen, but that the whole of the living must die in the Son of God in such a way that it is possible for the whole humanity – which makes up the entire cosmos – to be reborn. The fact that the risen ones were changed in no way means that all humanity has been changed, so that a new form of humanity will be so prepared for this resurrection that Christ will accompany it. The risen ones must celebrate with shouts and tears the eternal banquet (cf. Revelation 21:23). But this eternity is far more than the enjoyment of a delightful meal, rather it consists precisely of the unique, absolutely first event, that is, the new relationship of the Son with the Father, in which the Father is love and the Son is God, and in the Son alone as Son the value of the original love of the Father is fulfilled.
From his earliest years he gave great attention to the liturgy: be careful to maintain the sincerity of your worship. God has given us much good: use it well and possess it! Piety becomes everything if we wish to be a truly Christian family in our present life. You should guard your heart; help your brother and do not neglect his needs. A simple prayer is a door through which the Holy Spirit comes and makes us holy: but the Spirit does not come for nothing. Prayer lives in community, in common prayer: and if you love your neighbour as yourself, you are already this common prayer, since it was given to you to love. d2c66b5586