Commentary for Sunday: Easter

Jn 20:1-9/1st Sunday of Easter

It is the first day of the week. Mary Magdalene went to the tomb at dawn, when the day was still dark. She wants to anoint the body of Jesus with perfume. On arriving she finds that the slab that closes the tomb is open and the body of the Master is not there. She runs to tell Peter and the others. And they run back to check what Mary Magdalene has told them And so it is, the Lord is not there only the bandages and the cloths. Then they begin to realize what he told them when he was with them: that he was going to rise from the dead.
He saw and he believed. He only saw the empty tomb, but still there is an appearance of the Risen Lord. It is the beginning of the Easter faith, without apparitions. After an initial moment of uncertainty, of seeking further proof, comes the understanding and acceptance of the Lord’s promise. He is Risen! Full of joy they are beginning to provide the basis for their hope. The Word is fulfilled.
Blessed are those who believe without having seen! That the joy of those who discovered the empty tomb is for us a reason for hope. Thar our heart shares faith in the Word of the Risen Lord, and that we await with enthusiasm and joy our personal encounter with him who lives for ever.
Happy Easter!

Juan Ramon Gomez Pascual, cmf

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