Monday, April 13, 2009
We are still contemplating the empty tomb, but Jesus had a busy day that first Easter. He appeared to Mary Magdalene in the garden; he went walking along with the two disciples of Emmaus and explained the Scriptures to them on Easter Sunday afternoon and then went in to have supper with them. He appeared to Peter at some point and, of course, I firmly believe that he appeared to his mother first of all. Then, in the evening he comes to his apostles who are locked in the upper room. Jesus just appears and they are terrified. They had all abandoned him; he does not say a word of reproach. Instead, he gives them the power to forgive sins!
We are beginning the most joyous season in the liturgical year; it lasts 50 days. Jesus will spend 40 days on earth appearing to his disciples and consoling them; then he will ascend to his Father but will send the Holy Spirit to enlighten and strengthen them on Pentecost, fifty days after his resurrection.
"Let us rejoice and be glad for this is the day the Lord has made!" In a sense, every day is the day the Lord has made so let us rejoice and be glad!! And let us bring His joy to others!