April 20, 2014: Easter Sunday
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, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb 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 at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. (John 20:1-9)
I love this reading! Can’t you just picture it? Mary Magdala running to tell Simon and John breathlessly that someone came and took the body of Jesus? Then Simon and John have a foot race (and I suspect Mary was with them), running to the tomb to see for themselves. They all saw and believed.
Today is Easter!
Show the eagerness and excitement of Mary, Simon and John as you gather to celebrate this great day.
Greet people! Smile! Sing out! Alleluia! Praise God! Jesus has risen from the dead! Let us all rejoice and be glad!