April 4, 2021
On that first Easter morning, the women went to the tomb to pay their last tribute to a dead body. The disciples thought that everything had finished in tragedy. They were not ready to see an empty tomb and hear the angel’s message, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen. He is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell the disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him as he told you.” (Mk 16:6-7)
The angel urged them to believe that Jesus had indeed risen just as he had promised. In joy, they then went to share the good news with other disciples. The disciples had to first deal with the empty tomb before they could come to grips with the fact that scripture had foretold that Jesus would die for our sins and then rise triumphant. They disbelieved until they saw the empty tomb.
One thing is certain. If Jesus had not risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples, we would never have heard of him. Nothing else could have changed those who were sad and despairing into people radiant with courage. The reality of the resurrection is the central mystery of our Catholic faith. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord gives us “eyes of faith” to know Him and the power of his resurrection. The greatest joy we can have is to encounter Jesus and know him personally. Celebrate the feast of Easter with joy and thanksgiving!
Have a Glorious Easter!
copyright © 2021 Servants of the Word, source: dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Rev. Edward C. Domme, Pastor
811 Guaymas Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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