"Beginning with the Easter Triduum as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. (1168).
The resurrection of Christ is for the spiritual universe what the Big Bang, according to a recent theory, was for the physical cosmos: a cataclysmic explosion of energy starting the whole movement of expansion of the universe that is still going on after billions of years. In fact, everything that exists and moves in the Church, the sacraments, doctrine, institutions draws its strength from Christ's resurrection. It is the new creation as the liturgy inculcates by choosing the story of creation, in Genesis 1, as the first reading for the Easter vigil. It is the new fiat lux!, Let there be light!, said by God.
There is a profound similarity between that which occurred in the resurrection and that which occurs in the Eucharist: there, the Father, through his Spirit, gave life to Christ’s body lying in the sepulchre; here, with the same Spirit, he gives life to the bread and transforms it into his Son’s body.