The conflict of Light with Darkness is finished. For a moment Darkness seemed to prevail: ‘this is your hour and the power of darkness’ (St. Luke xxii, 53). But the fight was fought out and the victory won: It is finished (xix, 30). The date of the triumph of love is Good Friday, not Easter Day. Yet if the story had ended there, the victory would have been barren. What remains is not to win it, but to gather in its fruits. Consequently St. John does not present the Resurrection as a mighty act by which the hosts of evil are routed, but rather as the quiet rising of the sun which has already vanquished night. The atmosphere of the story has all the sweet freshness of dawn on a spring day. Fra Angelico, in his delicious fresco of the appearance of the Lord to Mary Magdalene, has perfectly caught its tone and feeling.


Christian Faith Closed Door Eternal Life Full Belief Bodily Presence 
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