Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8; John 20:1-9 or Luke 24:1-12 or, at an afternoon or evening Mass, Luke 24:13-35
Scripture: Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. (John 20:8)
Reflection: We awake today to a shift so seismic, it’s a wonder the earth didn’t a bobble a bit on its axis. Jesus Christ is risen today. Alleluia! Alleluia! It’s as though someone has thrown open the world’s windows. The earthy scent of new life mixed with the heady scent of Easter lilies rushes through and makes us swoon. It seems too good to be true, and yet we know this is what Jesus has earned for us. Brokenness has been transformed into beauty, death into life, sorrow into joy. Although we’ve known all along how Calvary would end, it still takes us by surprise come Easter morning. Our God became human, died for us, and rose to new life so that we might never die. That’s a truth that never gets old. We see and we believe!
But believing is not the end of this. As we hear in the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus wants us to preach, to testify to this truth. That is our calling, our mission, not just on Easter but every day of our lives. Not just in church but at the dinner table, at the water cooler, on social media, on the soccer field, in the grocery line, and everywhere else we go. We don’t have to give a prepared speech or even speak at all. We simply have to let our everyday actions speak to the truth we know in our hearts: Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. He came to save every one of us simply because he loves us just as we are, for all time until the end of time. Amen, amen. Alleluia, amen!
Meditation: We stand at the start of the Easter season. How will you take the joy that fills your heart today out into the world tomorrow and every day after? Can you think of some daily practices that will help you live this Easter joy more fully? Perhaps the Lenten practice you began on Ash Wednesday has turned into a much-loved habit that can be woven into “regular” life. Or maybe there is a new spiritual practice that can become the focus of the next fifty days as we journey toward Pentecost. Live your joy!
Prayer: Risen Lord, we come to you today filled with awe and gratitude, humility and joy. We thank you for this gift of new life and this promise of hope.
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