Jn 20:1-9 (or Lk 24:13-35)
Now, on the first day after the Sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark, and she saw that the stone blocking the tomb had been moved away. She ran to Peter, and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and she said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don’t know where they have laid him.”
Peter then set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down and saw the linen cloths lying flat, but he did not enter.
Then Simon Peter came, following him, and entered the tomb; he, too, saw the linen cloths lying flat. The napkin, which had been around his head, was not lying flat like the other linen cloths, but lay rolled up in its place. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. Scripture clearly said that Jesus must rise from the dead, but they had not yet understood that.
READ: God raised him to life on the third day and let him be seen, not by all the people, but by the witnesses that were chosen beforehand by God.
REFLECT: Christ did not make a big public splash which would have forced the people to believe in him. This would not have allowed for a freely-given act of faith. God is always respectful of us.
PRAY: Let us thank Christ for his tact in asking us to believe in him.
ACT: While debating an issue today, let us not try to bulldoze people into agreeing with us.
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