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Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Resurrection of our Lord: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

 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, 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 in the tomb first, and he saw and believed.  For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.  Then the disciples returned home.

(John 20: 1-9)


We will notice how Mary of Magdala so loved the Lord for she is the first one to visit the tomb.  It was still dark but her love for the Lord overcame the notion of the dark.  She was surprised to find the stone rolled and the body of the Lord was not there.  She reported it right away to St Peter, the leader of all the apostles.

Peter ran but the other disciple overtook him.  Maybe, because the other one is younger and this is the disciple whom Jesus loved.  However, he did not go in as a respect for Peter, his leader.  Amazement filled their eyes because even at this point, they did not yet figured out that Jesus will rise from the dead.

In the same way, at times, we are buried in our own tomb of despondency and weakness of faith.  With Jesus rising from the dead, it echoes the words, “Be not afraid.”  But, we are sometimes afraid!   No worries, all will be well in the end.  Jesus did not promise a rose garden; we will still encounter trials and suffering but in the long run, let us not lose hope.  God will always help us.  We just have to wait for the time the Lord responds to our prayers.  God knows best!  All will fall into its place, just have strong faith and make God the highest priority!  Happy Easter ❤️

Cynthia Abegail

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