Alleluia! He is risen.
Although we all know very well the story of the resurrection of Jesus, it continues to be a mystery for all of us. We cannot fully grasp its meaning in its entirety. Like those faithful women on that Sunday morning, we come to the tomb expecting the stench of death. However, when we get there, we cannot grasp how it is possible to find signs of new life. History no longer makes sense. It has been changed by the effects of the risen Christ. How can we understand that the one that was shamefully hung on a tree was the same one chosen by God to be the judge of everything? How can we understand such a paradox? But then, who goes to a tomb expecting to find life? Everything has changed. We do not know what to expect from the world.
That same power of the resurrection works on us too. As the tomb was unable to hold the resurrected Christ, the world has not been able to contain the power of the presence of Jesus in the Church. Saint Peter, from the reading of the book of Acts, makes it clear. It is our vocation, we have been commissioned, to bring that power of the resurrection to the world.
As we come to celebrate the mystery of the resurrection of Your Son, we ask You Lord to pour the graces of the Holy Spirit upon us. So, we can courageously bring the new life of Christ wherever we go.
Fr. Lino Oropeza, S.S.E. ’11, International M.O.V.E. Coordinator
First Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
Gospel: John 20:1-9, Mark 16:1-7, or Luke 24:13-35
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website