MY daily reflection and prayer:
Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. John 20:1-9
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away 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.” Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths 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 know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
TODAY is Easter Sunday. We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. He is the source of all life because he is life itself as he has said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
He loves us to the end. His resurrestion is the sign of the most complete victory, the most extreme love and the most powerful presence. It gives us the hope of being raised from the dead to rejoice with him forever in heaven.
In today’s Gospel we read Mary Magdalene, Peter and John all see the empty tomb. Unfortunately, their limited faith needs time to grow and completely accept the great gift that is offered to them.
In understanding the mystery of his resurrection, we must have a sincere and generous faith in Christ which enables us to take the circumstances of life in hope, confidence and security. We have to run to the experience of faith.
Running is an integral part of today’s Gospel. Mary Magdalene runs. Peter runs, and John outruns Peter. What does it mean for us?
Love for the Lord creates a sense of urgency. What they saw at the tomb could have been seen without running at all. But promptness is a sign of love for the Lord. If we wish to experience Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection, we need to have a sense of urgency in our relationship with him.
We must strive to meet him and give ourselves to him in our here and now. We can’t wait for the ideal moment. John, Peter and Mary Magdalene eventually have an unshakeable conviction in the resurrection, and become messengers of the resurrection for us today. We have also to run to proclaim his love and mercy.
Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist is the best way for us to run to Jesus Christ who has risen for us. There we experience the power of his resurrection by worshipping him and give ourselves to him in our here and now. We can’t wait for the ideal moment.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you know how to prepare your disciples to experience your presence deeply and know you intimately. We ask today for a deepening in our faith in your resurrection. Let all the events of our lives point us to the truth that you are alive, especially through Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist now and forever. Amen.
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