In this reading, St. Paul is arguing that through Christ’s resurrection all those who die are also given the gift of resurrection… they have eternal life. He goes on to say that if this didn’t happen then Jesus’ death and resurrection is in vain and our faith is in vain. For Paul, faith in Jesus’ resurrection is the cornerstone of faith - the foundation upon which all faith is founded.
I wonder, though, does it really matter? How many of us go through our daily lives not really thinking about the resurrection of Christ? How many of us get up, go to work, come home, have dinner, and go to bed not REALLY mindful of all the God accomplished in Christ’s resurrection and all the gifts we’ve been given through it? While we may be faithful people and we may attend and even be very active in church, do we keep Christ’s resurrection in the forefront of our minds? Do we focus on it as a guiding light or is it just a fact of history we accept but don’t really think about, and, therefore, don’t really let it influence how we live or our decision making processes?
What if we did? How would our lives be different? What if we focused on the fact that Jesus has been raised from the dead and death, sorrow, sickness, and despair were no more? What if instead of getting wrapped up in the daily disappointments we got wrapped up in the daily joys? What if instead of getting angry with those who disappoint us we remind ourselves of the resurrection of Christ and the joys that that brings? How would your daily life be different? I suspect that if we all focused on the Resurrection of Christ, that our outlook on life would be different, more positive. We could certainly be assured that Christ’s resurrection does, indeed matter and His death was not in vain.