First Reading: Acts: 10:34, 37-43
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Second Reading: Col: 3:1-4
Gospel: Jn: 20: 1-9
As we see in today readings the deep soul sorrow and pain of the followers of Jesus. Then amazingly something shifts. The brutal death of Jesus is replaced by an empty tomb. Bewildered, Mary of Magdala finds the stone rolled back and leaves the site to get Peter and “the other disciple”. Upon arriving at the empty tomb it is the “other disciple” who went away, believing in the risen Christ. These two men returned to their homes. However, a “weeping” Mary of Magdala returns to the empty tomb. Jesus reveals himself to her. She becomes a witness to Good News announcing it to all the disciples. Jesus is Risen and among us.
Many of us have had really bad news. It may be a death of a love one or a difficult diagnosis, loss of a job, or a family tragedy. It stuns us and life seems very different, hard to reorient ourselves in our daily living. We struggle to adjust to a new reality. One lives in a haze. Then something happens or changes and our world shifts again and we want everyone to rejoice with us in our good news. We want and need to tell the “Good News”. Shout it to mountain tops so relieved and full of surprise and joy we share with all our friends, family and network. We bear witness to good news and celebrate. It is our “Easter” moment.
It is Mary of Magdala who remains and receives the blessing and commission to “go and tell”. Give me the grace to remain steadfast as to be open to receiving blessings in my life. How do I celebrate and share my Easter moments with others? What blessings have I received today?
Rosie Miller, OSF