Easter Day (Sunday 16 April)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

The Sabbath was over, and it was almost daybreak on Sunday when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. Suddenly a strong earthquake struck, and the Lord’s angel came down from heaven. He rolled away the stone and sat on it. The angel looked as bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook from fear and fell down, as though they were dead. The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a cross. He isn’t here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said he would. Come, see the place where his body was lying. Now hurry! Tell his disciples that he has been raised to life and is on his way to Galilee. Go there, and you will see him. That is what I came to tell you.” The women were frightened and yet very happy, as they hurried from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and greeted them. They went near him, held on to his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid! Tell my followers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.” 

(Matthew 28.1-7)

Reflect: 

Jesus is alive! Happy Easter! Matthew’s account includes another earthquake, the visit of the angel and the empty tomb. But the emphasis is not on factual proof for the resurrection, but on the impact of these events for Jesus’ confused and grief-stricken followers. They are full of mixed emotions – fear, doubt, joy and assurance. Matthew reminds us that it is the women who were last at the cross and first at the tomb and they are the first to see the risen Jesus.

Respond: 

The passage mentions hurry twice, but let today be a day without hurry - a day to enjoy and reflect upon the risen Jesus. He is risen – hallelujah!

Midday Meditation:

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty,
musty tomes or tombs to disprove
spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.
It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope,
a day to banish doubts and
seek the slopes where the sun is rising,
to revel in the faith which transports us
out of ourselves and the dead past
into the vast and inviting unknown.     

(Author unknown)

Evening Reflection:

Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen. 

(Thomas Aquinas)

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