Daily Reflection – Mar 26, 2016
Saturday 26 March 2016
Epistle Reading: Romans 6:3-11
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Psalm 117(118):1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:1-12
Today’s Note: Holy Saturday
At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter
At daybreak on the first day of the week
the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus
took the spices they had prepared
and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb;
but when they entered,
they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, behold,
two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.
They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.
They said to them,
“Why do you seek the living one among the dead?
He is not here, but he has been raised.
Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee,
that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners
and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”
And they remembered his words.
Then they returned from the tomb
and announced all these things to the eleven
and to all the others.
The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James;
the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles,
but their story seemed like nonsense
and they did not believe them.
But Peter got up and ran to the tomb,
bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone;
then he went home amazed at what had happened.
He is risen!
Tonight, you may attend an Easter Vigil mass and hear Luke’s Gospel story of the women finding the tomb, holding Jesus, empty and then being told by the angels he has been raised from the dead. For those involved at the time it was a case of experiencing puzzlement, disbelief and amazement. We too have the opportunity at Easter to contemplate this amazement, to step into the shoes of the apostles and imagine what it would be like to witness such a miracle. Time does not fade the gift of Jesus’ death and resurrection; we can continue to draw love and strength from it every day.