This same anonymous poster continued to say (the bold is mine):
This is my response:
Dear Anonymous, YOU are the one who is in error. I do not know where you got the idea that the resurrection of Jesus Christ should be downgraded and de-emphasized to the point where you can even say that His resurrection is not needed for our redemption. You stated: Dear Diana, even St. Paul can be not right some time. Yes, it is possible.
St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians saying that his preaching and their faith would be in vain if there were no resurrection. Every article of faith taught by St. Paul and the Apostles in the Holy Bible are INFALLIBLE because it came from the infallible Holy Spirit. Therefore, St. Paul cannot make an error in regards to the teaching of faith because he and the Apostles are infallible.
Easter is the most important event in Christianity because it signifies His resurrection. You stated that it is not through the resurrection that we are saved? It is through His death AND resurrection that we are saved. The resurrection is just as important to our salvation as His death on the cross. After all, in order for Christ to rise from the dead, He had to die first. But His resurrection is not to be underscored. This is why Sunday has become the Lord's Day for us, not Saturday the Sabbath.
Anonymous, you stated: Whatever St. Paul teaches and became part of the one and true Catholic teaching, would remain valid even if Jesus had never been risen! Without the resurrection, Christianity would not exist. If Christ only died and did not resurrect from the dead, there would be no salvation for man because it is through His death AND resurrection that we are saved. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (bold is mine):
CCC 991 Belief in the resurrection of the dead has been an essential element of the Christian faith from its beginnings. "The confidence of Christians is the resurrection of the dead; believing this we live."
- How can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. . . . But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
- When we ponder, O Christ, the marvels accomplished on this day, the Sunday of your holy resurrection, we say: "Blessed is Sunday, for on it began creation . . . the world's salvation . . . the renewal of the human race. . . . On Sunday heaven and earth rejoiced and the whole universe was filled with light. Blessed is Sunday, for on it were opened the gates of paradise so that Adam and all the exiles might enter it without fear.
You said that the NCW emphasized the resurrection to the detriment of the memory of His passion and death, which is why the Mass has become a banquet. Anonymous, the NCW claims that the Mass is a sacrifice AND a banquet. It is not one or the other. It is BOTH, and we recognize it as both a sacrifice and a banquet. I think the problem here is that you see it ONLY as a sacrifice, which is not what the Church teaches. The Catholic Church never taught that the Mass is ONLY a sacrifice. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (bold is mine):
CCC 1382 The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord's body and blood. But the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. To receive communion is to receive Christ himself who has offered himself for us.
Do you see what the Catechism says about the Mass? It is both a sacrificial memorial and a sacred banquet. Apparently, you have emphasized the death of our Lord to the point that His resurrection is no longer valid nor needed.