Gospel Reflection for Easter Sunday, Year C – March 27th 2016
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.
Let’s be amazed at Easter. Thumbs up to Jesus!
The women and men who later came to the tomb went back new. The amazement of Easter, the lift, can last all year and into the future. At the new life of Jesus. And they felt lifted up.
Alleluia – anthem of the church
Peter would come back and then like the women spread the amazement. The church the community of God is built on the risen Christ and the national anthem is alleluia. Built on our amazement of what Jesus said and did. Our community is built on the hope that comes from Jesus. Transcending all the messy sin, all the scandals, all the weak leadership and poor discipleship — our faith is built on the risen Lord. We need to find the amazement of that hope in ourselves. Life can dull it.
Pope Francis speaks of Easter: Brothers and sisters, let’s not close ourselves to the newness that God wants to bring to our lives! Often we are tired, disheartened, sad; We feel the weight of our sins and think we’re not going to make it. Let’s not get locked up in ourselves. Let’s not lose our confidence. Let us never give up. There are no situations that God cannot change.
Walk around this week and be amazed! The amazement is that what we begin today will never end.
They were often amazed by Jesus. Let’s hope for the same, read the gospel, watch him, let him into our lives and we will be amazed at what he says and does.
Jesus Christ is risen, he has risen indeed. Easter is forever.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger