Scripture readings for Easter

Happy Easter friends! Let us be glad and rejoice. Alleluia! Today is the Feast of Feasts! The day when the Lord has triumphed over the death showing that it is not the final word. Life is stronger. Love is stronger.

Through the resurrection Jesus Christ has radically transformed our life and redeemed our human nature, freeing us from darkness and offering us the radiant joy of light because He is the Lord of Life!

Passion, death, resurrection….all acts out of love.

This entire story narrated by the evangelist John (who witnessed all) is out of love.

april 20 picMary Magdalene goes to the sepulcher because she can’t bear the tragedy and she returns to Jesus as an extreme act of human love. She goes in search of Him in one way and finds Him in another way…a way that would completely change her spirit. Is this not the usual way we always meet Jesus in our life? We look for Him in one way and we find Him in another way.

God always surprises us because the only thing he strongly wants is our goodness and salvation. He perfectly knows when and how. He takes our old heart and surprises us with newness. But newness can be scary. When things are unexpected and we don’t understand, we don’t know what to do.

Sometimes we even prefer to remain (or to return) in our darkness, in our burial clothes, all wrapped up in our daily concerns, because we are afraid of newness.

The reaction of the Apostles is reasonable. Let’s think for a moment about the impact of the resurrection story in their hearts that very first Easter day. After Jesus’ death they were scared and desperate. Only the Magdalene returned to the sepulcher because her love was a stubborn one! Let’s put ourselves in the scene…what would have we done? Would have we behaved like the Magdalene? Would have we ran like Peter and John after Magdalene brought them the news?

Yes. I am sure each of us would have moved, and very fast too!

After finishing reading this post, return for a second time to the Gospel and try to focus your attention on how many times verbs of movement are evoked in the text.

“Mary RAN and WENT to Simon Peter and the other disciple”… “They both RAN and one RAN faster” and then “They CAME …WENT….ARRIVED….”. In 21 lines we can count 12 times a verb of movement.

Yes because once their life (our life) has been changed from such a radical impact, they (we) cannot remain still. Maybe each of us could have a different reaction just because we have different temperaments: someone could be prompt and fast as John, some other could be slow and astonished, like Peter, someone could be sweet and devoted, like Mary. Each one with a different spiritual gift but all moved by the same anxiety to look for and find Jesus, the living God.

So, it is just when we can consider ourselves only technically alive ( since our spirit is dead)  that we have to roll away the stones of the tombs of our minds and run to embrace the brightness of the promised Easter Joy.

We are the Church, Jesus strongly desires us to continue His mission. So let’s move brothers and run to announce the good news. Buona Pasqua!