April 4, 2010: Easter Sunday
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So, she ran and went to Simon Peter, and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” (John 20:1-2)
After forty days of Lent, we now enjoy fifty days of celebration! Easter is a season, not just a day. What a wonderful time of year to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, when so much in nature is coming to life. For the next fifty days we will read in the Scriptures about the Risen Christ and the first Christians.
Easter Sunday’s gospel recalls the events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection. We are very blessed to know the whole story. But those who first discovered the body of Jesus missing from the tomb were quite perplexed, to put it mildly. It was only over time that they came to realize what had taken place and, to believe in the resurrection.
No doubt you will go to church with your family for Easter Mass or a Sunrise Service. Thank God for your faith! Thank God for raising Jesus from death and for the promise that you, too, will be raised to eternal life!
Take a walk today. Notice all that is coming alive in nature. Thank God for all the life that surrounds you!