The Christian vocation is about hope. The Christian vocation is about working for the impossible. One of the fathers of the church, Tertullian, said that the word impossible is not found in the Christian dictionary. For nothing is impossible for God.
But Christianity says Christ is risen, it’s the central proclamation. Easter is our great feast. As improbable as it is that a human being died and rose, that’s what we proclaim. But Christianity beyond that utter improbability is a religion based on other impossibility — that God, the creator of the Universe, God the holy, God who made every atom, every molecule, sustains this whole thing from galaxies to the blade of grass, that God became human in Jesus — that’s impossible. But look, if we accept the utter improbability that Christ is risen. And if we accept the utter impossibility that God became human in Jesus Christ, which is what we do every time we pray to Jesus and through Jesus. If we accept the utter impossibility and the utter improbability, isn’t it a little late in the game at that point to say, his teachings are impractical. That following the Lamb of God, the non-violent Lamb of God is naive and fantasy. It is not naive and fantasy. It is the way to eternal life. It is the way to the empty tomb. It is the way of hearing love speak your name personally and tell you that all is well for you and for those you love. Following the Lamb of God is not fantasy; it is the way to eternal life for more than we know.