Sunday, April 20, 2014
He is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! "This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it!"
I am sure that Jesus went to see His Mother before He appeared to anyone else. What that meeting must have been like is best left to our imaginations, but it gives me joy to see them together.
The women who had been such faithful followers of Jesus were the first to go to the tomb and the first to encounter Jesus. Mary Magdalene weeps when she sees the empty tomb, but Jesus comes to console her and to send her to give the good news to the others. They are not about to believe a woman so Peter and John rush to the tomb. It was difficult for them to believe that Jesus has risen from the dead after dying on the Cross. Jesus does appear to Peter and then to the others that first Easter night. He comes so that they may share His joy and He says not one word of reproof to them for having abandoned Him. Instead, He gives them the Holy Spirit! He also gives us the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we may also have the joy of being forgiven!
Let us rejoice with Jesus and thank Him.