Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
As you enter into prayer today on this Easter day, take a moment to look back over the last few weeks and months. This has been a difficult time of many changes to day to day life for everyone around the world. Pause for a moment, and consider the moments God has been working in your life… Does a particular moment stand out to you? A moment where the light of the Resurrected Christ was present and active? That same light is present with you now. Right here, right now, the Risen Christ, who triumphs over sin and death sanctifies this ordinary place, and these ordinary people, and makes them holy.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John. This is the gospel that you would have heard had you been able to attend mass on this Easter Sunday morning. We invite you to prayerfully pray through the Gospel passage and join us in reflection.
How does this passage speak to you today? Does it have anything to do with how you are to cope with our “lockdown”? Did you notice there is quite a lot of “running” in this story; what does this signify to you?
“He saw and he believed”: what did the disciple believe? Does this “belief” make any difference to the way you are reacting with the effects of the Coronavirus?
Now listen to the story once more, and notice particularly what the evangelist says at the end: “they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead”.
On this Easter Sunday morning, we can experience the fullness of joy in the Resurrection, no matter how fiercely the virus rages. Bring all your thoughts and feelings together and turn them into a prayer to the Risen Christ, and to the God who raised him from the dead.
We adore you, O Christ and we bless youbecause by Your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.