By Fr Peter Nemcek
As you begin, take a moment to place yourself in the presence of our Risen Lord and His Mother. Slowly breathe in and out.
Reading: Gospel Reading: John 20:1-18
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.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
At times we can become agitated and worried because we don’t know how to cope with a situation, or we don’t know how to solve a problem. Often the solution is right in front of us we just can’t see it. We feel overwhelmed and start to believe that there is simply no way out. This is what Mary Magdalene must have felt initially that Easter morning. Her beloved Master and Lord had been put to a violent death. What is there to do now? Death ends everything, right? And as if this wasn’t enough the body went missing. Calamity upon calamity. At least it seemed so at first. Yet the one whom she was seeking was right there in front of her. The “solution” – the person of the Risen Christ – was in front of her and she was even speaking to Him! The “solution” to the biggest life problem, namely death was there. What more could she possibly want? Well, simply to see. Our sight is our faith. Jesus is always with us – He said it Himself – “I’m with you always…” (Mt 28:20) – Emmanuel – God with us.
Take a moment to reflect on your life. What is the biggest problem/challenge/difficulty/uncertainty/hurt/pain you are facing right now? How can the truth that the One who loves you, the One who conquered death and is alive and with you right now help you see this in proper perspective and bring you peace and joy?
What else do you want my child?
Is my presence not enough for you? Why not?
Let us ask the Lord to strengthen your faith in His Presence and that it is enough because that is simply the truth. “My Lord and my God, I firmly believe that YOU ARE HERE, that YOU SEE ME, that YOU HEAR ME.” Talk to Him about your difficulty…
Lord let me experience your love;
Lord help me see and believe always and everywhere that you were with me and that you are with me and will be with me;
For those who feel alone and abandoned or in distress, may they experience the healing presence of the Risen Christ in their life;
In thanksgiving for your presence and action in my life;
May I become your presence to those around me.