Happy Easter: Jesus is Risen!
Posted by FactReal on April 8, 2012
|“Everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”
|“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)
|IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION
• The Resurrection is the fundamental argument for our Christian belief – it is the center of Christianity.
• It shows the justice of God who exalted Christ to a life of glory, as Christ had humbled Himself unto death (Philippians 2:8-9).
• The Resurrection completed the mystery of our salvation and redemption; by His death Christ freed us from sin, and by His Resurrection He restored to us the most important privileges lost by sin (Romans 4:25).
• By His Resurrection we acknowledge Christ as the immortal God, the efficient and exemplary cause of our own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:21; Philippians 3:20-21), and as the model and the support of our new life of grace (Romans 6:4-6 and 9-11).
Gospel: Jn 20:1-9
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
As Mary Magdalene and two other women among Jesus’ disciples approached the tomb, the angel came and rolled away the stone. But Jesus was already gone from there. How do we know this? John gives us an important piece of evidence: The linen cloths that wrapped Jesus’ body are lying there. But the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head has been rolled up – not merely cast aside. It didn’t roll itself up. And a dead body couldn’t do that. Neither would the Roman soldiers who had been guarding the tomb. Something has happened that cannot be explained!
John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” gets to the tomb first after Mary Magdalene alerts the Eleven. But he doesn’t go in first. He leaves that to the one whom Jesus appointed as the Rock on which He would build His Church. Among the Church’s first bishops, it is St. Peter, the first pope, who first witnesses the evidence that Jesus has risen from the dead. Then John enters. The one who was with Jesus to the end on the cross quickly believes. They may not yet have understood the Scriptures. But their belief in His resurrection begins here — as will be the case shortly for Mary and the other women when the risen Jesus meets them face to face.
Let us say with them: “Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
|Readings for today:
- First Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
- Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4
- Gospel: John 20:1-9