Alleluia, the Lord is Risen! Now, Go Witness.
“Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed.”
The two Marys were in for a big surprise.
They had come, as usual, to do the ritual anointing of their dead friend’s body.
But on their arrival, not only was there an earthquake,
there was also an angel whose –
“appearance was like lightning”
and whose –
“clothing was white as snow”.
The brave guards were so scared they “became like dead men,” but the women managed to stay on their feet and hear the words of the angel.
Guess what! Jesus isn’t here.
He’s been raised from the dead. Now go share the good news!
No wonder these women were feeling a mixture of emotions!
They were frightened by these incredible supernatural events, but overjoyed that Jesus was alive again.
Just imagine their joy when
“Jesus met them on their way,”
and they were able to embrace him and worship him.
What a day!
Now, we too join in the celebration of this day of all days. Every Easter, we recall these glorious events, but we do
more than just remember.
We also rejoice that our Lord is alive right now,
that death and sin have been conquered forever,
that the gates of heaven are open for us.
The joy of Easter is not a nostalgic kind of happiness that only looks backwards. It is instead a call to rejoice in the gifts that we can enjoy today and in eternity.
We may not have seen the angel, felt the earthquake, or kissed the feet of the risen Lord, but we are nonetheless the beneficiaries of this momentous event.
We are an Easter people, a people in the hands of a loving God whose power can overcome all the terrible threats and trials of existence with the amazing gift of eternal life.
INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
Alleluia, the Lord is risen!
Mary of Magdala went to Jesus’ tomb and found that it was empty. She was the first witness of the Resurrection and announced the empty tomb to other disciples.
We are called to be witnesses too.
Can you imagine the joy the disciples experienced when they realized that Jesus was actually raised from the dead?
Sometimes our faith in the Resurrection can run lukewarm.
We don’t fully doubt that Jesus was raised but we aren’t fully convinced either.
Once we become convinced our lives, no matter where our roads take us, will automatically radiate with joy.
Like Mary, we are called to then share that joy with others so that they may realize that it is the Lord and come to believe.