April 4, 2021
“On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark.” In the Gospel of St. John, the darkness of morning implies a lack of faith. It tells us that at that time. Mary was in a place of numbness; her faith had been upended. And then she finds the tomb is empty!
Mary is startled. She is bewildered. She does not know what to do. So, she runs to get Simon Peter and the other disciple Jesus loved. Together then they run – right into the empty tomb.
The Easter story now begins to unfold in an entirely new direction. The darkness of night gives way to the bright light brought on by a sense of victory. Little by little, the earliest followers of Jesus begin to realize that what truly happened is unheard of before in all human history: God has raised Jesus from the dead! His is alive! He is risen!
The wonderful ending to the Easter story is what all four of our Gospel writers and St. Paul tell us repeated: Jesus is not only alive, but he is still here, still present, still among us. Only now he is with us in a whole new way. What wonderful news!
The Spirit Jesus promised us is alive in the scriptures we read; alive in the Eucharist we celebrate; alive in the hungry whom we feed; alive in the gathering of two or more in His name.
Christ is risen! Alleluia! We shout these words with gusto on this great feast.
Thank you for joining us for prayer today. It is great to celebrate Easter together. May the Lord provide you a spirit of joy this Easter!