“At daybreak on the first day of the week the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living one among the dead: He is not here, but he has been raised.  Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day’.”  (Luke 24:1-8)

Our penitential Lenten journey is now complete; this journey has led us to the supreme joy of the Resurrection. What if you had actually been in Jerusalem over two thousand years ago? Transport yourself back in time. You have been a faithful follower of Jesus right up to his death on the cross. You were so dejected and sad as you stood looking up at his beaten body. And now, Jesus has been taken down from the cross and put into the tomb. What next? You along with Jesus’ other followers are confused, fearful, and at a loss at what to do next.  You question: “Is this the end?”

He is risenEarly Sunday morning you accompany the other women to the tomb. Much to your surprise the stone has been rolled away from the entrance; the tomb is empty. Your first reaction is fear – who took the body? Where is it? Your sorrow is interrupted by the two men in dazzling garments who speak to you. It is then that you recall Jesus’ promise that he would “rise on the third day”. Realization sets in. 

Take time now quietly before the empty tomb to absorb the beautiful mystery that has occurred. Spend a few moments to remember your companionship over the past three years with Jesus. Ponder what the miracle of the risen Jesus means for you; what the miracle of the risen Jesus means for the world. Speak your thoughts and feelings to the risen Lord. Rejoice in this moment of the Paschal Mystery.

“The Lord is truly risen,  Alleluia!”
From all of us to all of you a blessed and special Easter 2016!


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