Easter Sunday The Resurrection of the Lord Acts 10:34a, 37-43 + Colossians 3:1-4 + John 20:1-9
The Easter morning gospel scenes certainly have quite a cast of characters—the faithful women who find the stone rolled back from an empty tomb, the eleven who are in confusion and fear, and my own favorite—Mary Magdalene whose encounter with the risen Lord gives us one of the most moving accounts of the intimate encounter between Jesus and a beloved disciple. In one of his sermons, our Dominican brother Meister Eckhart tells us that Mary Magdalene dared to approach the tomb because she had nothing else to lose. She had lost everything, “so she was afraid that if she went away from the grave she would lose the grave as well. For if she had lost the grave she would have nothing left at all.” Because Mary Magdalene stayed by the grave, she became the first bearer of the good news, the first witness to the Resurrection, the “Apostle to the Apostles.” It is no wonder that she is revered as a patron of our Order of Preachers.
On Easter morning, the grave became the beginning of a story, and not the end. The story of the empty tomb on Easter morning is not “He is dead,” but “He is risen.” Instead of an end to possibilities, the Resurrection opens up a future where death has no power. And this new story gives us a “new song” to sing: Alleluia! He is risen! He goes before us! He is with us always! And what is the new story that begins for me this day?
“In the psalms it says, ‘Sing to the Lord a new song; sing God’s praise in the assembly.’ We are urged to sing to the Lord a new song. It is a new person who knows a new song. But make sure that your life is singing the same tune as your tongue. Sing with your voices, sing with your hearts, sing with your lips, sing with your lives…. Do you want to speak the praise of God? Then be yourselves what you speak. If you lead good lives, you are God’s praises. – St. Augustine of Hipp0
Sr. Margaret Palliser, OP Dominican Sister of Sparkill
Always in the presence of God....
Seek God's Word in every moment.
Delight in God's creative power stirring in the world!
Rest in God and trust in God's Wisdom...
God's vibrant love sustains us in every season!
There is no need to look for God here or there. God is no farther away than the door of your own heart. - Meister Eckhart
To Praise....To Bless...To Preach the grace and gift of our lives!