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Easter Sunday,  Sunday, 16th April,2017  (Jn 20:1b-9)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Challenges – Faith: In today’s Gospel, when Mary of Magdala saw the “empty tomb” she became frantic and thought that Jesus’ body was stolen.  But, when Peter saw the “empty tomb,” he believed that Jesus is Risen.  Do we fear when we face tragic situations, or do we have faith like Peter, that God will provide and care for us?


Fr Philip Heng, S.J


Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,’ she said, ‘and we don't know where they have put him.’ 

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter, following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 

Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had still not understood the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.


TODAY'S POINTERS ON GOD'S WORD
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Mary Magdalene had a deep love for Jesus because she experienced Jesus’ forgiving love and mercy that liberated her from her sinfulness. So, when she found the tomb empty, she spontaneously ran to Peter for help.

  • Mary went on loving and believing in Jesus even though she did not understand the mystery of the Good News of Salvation that Jesus preached, lived and taught. 

  • We are each challenged to develop a deep relationship with the Jesus by living our faith in the concrete deeds of love, compassion and service as Jesus has shown us. If we choose to live in this way, the Spirit of the Risen Christ will surely enlighten and change our lives.