Resurrection Sunday (Easter)
You can find the full readings here. This Lectio is based on the New Testament reading, Matthew 28⋅1-10.
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning
and his clothing was white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him
and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply,
“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead,
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you.”
Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”
Do not be afraid; he has been raised; fearful yet overjoyed
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to visit Jesus’ tomb when they found it empty. The darkness and emptiness of the tomb was probably very unsettling to them but they were told by the angel messenger not to be afraid. Their entry into the dark tomb in search of Jesus is very similar to what we often encounter on our journey. There is darkness in our life and indeed in our world and we find emptiness when we do not encounter Christ. The good news is that Christ calls us out of the dark tomb and tells us not to be afraid, just as he told Mary Magdalene on the first Easter morning. He calls them out into the light and tells them to tell the others the good news. We are asked to spread the good news in our own lives. You see, the Resurrection of Christ is the good news. Without the Resurrection, our faith makes not sense. Without it, Jesus was just a guy with a message. So go forth and spread the good news. Do not be afraid!