During Holy Week we can focus a lot of our attention on Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday so that by the time we reach Easter Sunday our celebration of the resurrection is not as joyful, or its meaning as clear, as it should be to us. Ultimately, the resurrection of Christ is the basis of our Christian faith.
Our gospel begins today with Mary Magdalen’s empty tomb-resurrection experience. She finds the enormous stone rolled back and quickly goes to tell Simon Peter about her discovery. They immediately go and find that Jesus’ body has disappeared. We are told ‘they saw, and they believed’. They finally understood what the teachings of scripture had meant.
Sometimes life can create or send experiences our way that might be like living within a tomb like space. That may be the tomb of despair, discouragement, doubt or perhaps bereavement. Moving out of this dark and inhospitable place may not be as easy as it seems to others, our family and friends for example. It may be some time before we are free and able to move outside into the light once more. But we should never despair and give up hope that, as some point, we will be able and free to move on.
As Christians we are called to live a joyful life to the full, so we experience the risen Lord in all the events of our lives. The joyful and the sad ones alike.
We pray that the joy of the Easter Day may penetrate our minds and hearts to make us a resurrection people visible to others each day.