by Sr. Marie Moquin
As you begin, take a moment to become aware of God’s presence in your midst. Slowly breathe in and out, saying within yourself: “Be still and know that I am God”.
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. (…) 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.
This was the reading for my final vows and every Easter Day I am reminded of my vocational call, which on this day is the same for all of God’s children. To go and spread the good news that Jesus is risen from the dead and that He is always with us. He calls us each by name, and invites us not to hold on to Him, but to go forth to all our brothers and sisters to help them discover that He is here, right with us.
Heavenly Father, you raised Your Son, Jesus, from the dead, in order to overcome darkness.
By doing so you have given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live out our call to spread the good news to all who fear death and have lost hope.
Grant us a loving heart to hear you call us each by name,
the courage to go out and do your will,
and the serenity that you are always there with us. Amen.