“This day was made by the Lord; We rejoice and are glad.”
Ps 118: 1-23
John 20: 1-9
It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, When Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been removed away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,’ She said, ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’ So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had still not understood the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
If we look carefully we can see three main characters in this special part of the gospel of John about the announcement of the resurrection of Jesus.
Mary of Magdala – She came to the tomb early and saw that the stone had been removed but did not go inside the tomb. She thought somebody has taken the Jesus’ body out.
The other disciple, whom Jesus loved – Ran faster to the tomb and reached the tomb first. Bent down and saw the linen cloths but did not go in.
Simon Peter – Came at last to the tomb, went inside the tomb and understood the scripture and the resurrection of Jesus and believed.
In the beginning of the Gospel it says “still dark”. Though the disciples of Jesus experienced his miracles for three years and after all his suffering and death they did not understand the scriptures that Jesus will rise from the dead. So they were in the dark. After going inside the empty tomb only they experienced the resurrection and believed. Though they came early to the tomb, though they first reached the tomb they came to light only after going inside the tomb.
In our life also we have our own tombs. It may be our sin, our weakness or our pride and etc. Through this 40 days of Lent we might have reached the tomb early or before others. But did we go inside our tomb? Are we still in the dark? Today Jesus invites us to go inside our own tomb and experience the resurrection.
Lord, The resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope. Help us to live as new people in pursuit of the Christian ideal. Grant us wisdom to resurrect from our own grave and come back to the light of your love. Amen.
Divine Mercy Novena:
“Today bring to me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.”
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy You impart Your grace in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from it. We beg this grace of you by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the host of angels and Saints, may the glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.