Gospel: Luke 24:1-12
On the Sabbath the women rested according to the commandment, but the first day of the week, at dawn, the women went to the tomb with the perfumes and ointments they had prepared. Seeing the stone rolled away from the opening of the tomb, they entered, and were amazed to find that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there.
As they stood there wondering about this, two men in dazzling garments suddenly stood before them. In fright the women bowed to the ground. But the men said, “Why look for the living among the dead? You won’t find him here. He is risen. Remember what he told you in Galilee, that the Son of Man had to be given into the hands of sinners, to be crucified, and to rise on the third day.” And they remembered Jesus’ words.
Returning from the tomb, they told the Eleven and all the others about these things. Among the women, who brought the news, were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. But however much they insisted, those who heard did not believe the seemingly nonsensical story. Then Peter got up and ran to the tomb. All he saw, when he bent down and looked into the tomb, were the linen cloths, laid by themselves. He went home wondering.
“He is risen.”
Jesus’ resurrection should come as no surprise to the disciples, because they have been in formed ahead of time when they were still in Galilee. Jesus predicted this three times. Yet, when it happened, the disciples felt the opposite. The women disciples did not expect Jesus to rise again. They were just there to show their last minute affection or last respects because the burial was done in a hurry. The angels categorically said he is risen from the dead. When the apostles heard of the report, equally they were skeptical. Peter ran to be tomb to verify the story of the women. He too wondered what happened to Jesus. They were completely at a loss as to how to account the information.
The whole Christian world today celebrates the resurrection of our Lord. Christians find the resurrection of Jesus the greatest miracle God performed in Jesus. There is no mistaking as to its significance in the lives of the Christian disciples. The evening liturgy is the most elaborate of all the liturgies of the church throughout the year. Christ’s resurrection brings us closer to the truth about God, Christ and our faith as Christians who suffer for Jesus.
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