Bible Verse Related to the Mystery:
“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.”
~ Matthew 28:8-9
They went away “fearful” but also “overjoyed.” Imagine, the Lord appearing in front of you, how would you react? It seems like these holy women were experiencing holy fear and joy all at the same time. Probably, it must have dawned on them that Jesus had defeated death itself! They were most likely confused because no one has ever come out of a grave. But they were filled with an unshakable faith that left them with a conviction to tell the whole world about the greatest of miracles – The Resurrection of Jesus.
The Resurrection proves that Jesus is God and marks the sign of our eternal hope. That is why St. Paul writes,
“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain; and your faith is in vain.”
Because if Jesus did not rise from the dead as He promised, then the Church is a fraud and faith is a sham. But if He really did rise from the dead, His message is true! Hence, the celebration of Resurrection (Easter Sunday) should not be a ‘once a year celebration’ but go on daily as an observance in our hearts, leading us to challenge ourselves, “Christ died for me. Now, how will I live for Him today?”
Do we truly understand the Resurrection of Christ? Not well enough. It’s the humble truth for each of us to admit that we need to understand the Resurrection even more. We must not only let the truth of the Resurrection sink in; but also allow the effects of the Resurrection to transform our lives.
- Do we wake up every single morning and remember to thank God for cancelling our debts? For paying for our sins? And for wiping our slates clean, each time?
- Do we remember ‘The Hope of Resurrection’ in our life’s darkest moments?
- What is your part in sharing the Good News with others? Are you following Christ’s example of devotion, ‘dying to oneself – as He did on the cross’ as you serve others?
Ultimately, the message of Resurrection is that no tomb can hold us down anymore – not the tomb of despair, discouragement or doubt, nor death. With a single parent at home, I’ve always doubted that God has great plans for me and my mum. I’ve always combated with thoughts such as; I’ve no big family, no security and own no possessions that others do and how I am going to settle down in life. I would constantly sympathize with myself, having no one to guide or help and most importantly, remained in the fear – Where would I go if something happens to my mother, etc.?
With the guidance of my formator, my constant search for solace, security and happiness were directed towards God and this always led me to spend quiet time in front of the Blessed Sacrament and to attend Holy Mass, almost every day. Though my family hasn’t become bigger or my dreams haven’t been fulfilled, I’ve witnessed that the Lord holds me in the palm of His hands. I need no security because His word says, “For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”
In the words of St Augustine, Resurrection means that – ‘He can be closer to us than we are to ourselves’. So, who do I need, when I have the King of Kings as my all? With an eternal hope that He is with me and He works for the good of those who love Him, I’ve learnt to say,
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Lord, I do believe. I believe you rose victorious over sin and death. Give me the grace to enter into the great mystery of your Resurrection. Help me to understand and experience this overwhelming glory in my day-to-day situations. Jesus, let me adore you with profound love so that I may happily die to sin and die to self, allowing you to have your way in me. Amen.
Virtue to learn from Mother Mary for the day: Faith