Readings for April 21, 2019
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-4, or
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
“They did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” Mary of Magdala saw the stone had been rolled away and thought someone had taken Jesus’ body. John outran Peter and saw the burial cloths but did not go in. Peter, not surprisingly, went in immediately. He saw that the tomb was empty.
The tomb was empty, and it is still empty. Jesus is risen. Humanity is risen. Jesus is our savior. Jesus is our Lord. Jesus is the Son of the living God who, meek and humble, accepted his humiliation so to conquer death and sin. Only through his passion and death was his resurrection able to save us. And as Jesus is raised, so, too, are we who believe. As we die to our own sin we are risen with Christ, to “appear with him in glory.”
Jesus taught in words and in deeds, and he taught in his sacrificial love. Jesus’ crucifixion allows us to celebrate Easter and know that there is hope even in despair; there is light even in darkness. “Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark” Much as we all do, she walked in darkness. Mary went to visit Jesus in utter despair, having witnessed his crucifixion, knowing of his death, but when she came to him, she found hope. Whatever darkness we may be living through, whatever pain and despair we are experiencing, whatever troubles at work, stresses at home, or feelings of grief we may face, Jesus is risen, and when we come to him we will find hope.
And with that hope, in our belief and in our understanding, we are called to teach the Good News to all who can hear us. “Seek what is above!” We can do so in words but, even more so, we must also do so with our deeds. Our deeds do not earn our glory but do teach those who do not yet understand the Scripture. Believe and be forgiven. Live in the Truth. Alleluia!
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems;
Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous;
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal,
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, who is living.
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection; bright angels attesting.
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen; to Galilee he goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
-Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes