Gospel Reflection for Easter Sunday, Year A – April 16th 2017
It was a quiet time at the tomb on the first day of the week. Joy had not yet caught the followers. The women were back to anoint the body, to ensure reverence for their dead Lord. Our Easter Sunday morning is full of the joy that would soon be theirs: there were no Alleluias or candles around the tomb. Not yet. That would come later, and the first images of the risen Lord would be Jesus in risen glory on the cross. They would never forget Calvary!
They did not see him being raised. Nobody there when the Lord left the tomb. All that was left were the clothes. Now his clothing would be different. The clothes were left for us: we are now to be clothed in Christ! His linen cloth is a gift to each of us, highlighted by our baptismal robe.
They would see him, and take time to recognise him. Each of the apostles saw him in different ways. They heard him the same: go and tell the others that I am raised from death’.
That is our mission too. In baptism and in our following of Christ we are ministers of the resurrection. The first witnesses and preachers of the risen Lord were the women. Mary in the Easter gospel is appointed as a guide to the male apostles; with Peter she is to be a leader in the community.
While the mystery of Easter gives us hope at the time of our death, it gives us a mission all during our lives. ‘Go, tell everyone, the news that the kingdom of God has come’! Can we say ‘Alleluia’ to that?
Lord, may I be a minister of your resurrection, a sharer of your love, compassion and reconciliation in our world.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger