Telling the Truth: Introducing Death and Resurrection to the Young

Patricia J. Lull

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1991

Issue: Death and Resurrection (Vol. 11, No 1, Winter, 1991)

Death and resurrection define the very grammar by which we are to live as Christians. The deep truth of our faith is that it is the presence of the risen Christ, the presence of a living God, which makes faith possible. It is God who turns our sadness into rejoicing and our grief into the first tentative steps of new life. As we read in the First Letter of Peter: “By God’s great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Pet 1:3). But looking back over a decade of experience in parish ministry, how many of the young are still waiting to hear what truth we live and die by in the church. How many of the children in our parishes know that the marvel of Easter is that a living God—not a dead God—makes faith come alive in us? And what exactly do the young have to say for themselves about death and resurrection?

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