Gospel Reflection for Easter Sunday Year C – March 31st 2013
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
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 moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one 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 who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths 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 failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
The first Easter parade was just a crowd of women going down the street where once they had sang Hosanna. Another time they had gone with him to death. Now it’s just themselves – two Marys, Joanna and other women. The parade was dull, without the one they followed – but they wanted to care for the body with spices and only the best.
Death Not Final
And then it was all different. They saw no body, which frightened them more than any death could have. Then there were angels with strange messages but their heart believed quickly and they remembered what he had said. Often, he had talked of death and resurrection. He was the sort of man for whom evil and death could not be final.
They were then to go to the apostles…and they were to find out that caring for Christ’s body now would be a different thing. Women announcing this divine news to men – this was against the culture. But Jesus went against a lot of beliefs and prejudices.
The Body of Christ Now
Caring for the body of Christ now means caring for each other. They would spend the rest of their lives caring for the new body of Christ. And we’re the same in caring and being cared for. The risen Christ in all of us
We are his body. Not a word of God can be spoken without human words. God reaches us through each other.
The Easter parade now is of all of us following our risen Lord, following life that never dies, and the truth of the gospel that can keep us going. This is the love of the risen Lord which is the lifeblood of the church.
Jesus Christ you are risen, you are risen indeed, alleluia, alleluia.
Donal Neary SJ