(Jn 20, 1-9)
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
Read: Emboldened Peter testifies to the truth of the resurrection. We now share in the life of Christ-in His death and resurrection. John narrates the story of the Empty Cave-the evidence of the resurrection of Christ.
Reflect: Can emptiness reveal fullness? The event of the Empty Cave seems to point to such a possibility. The emptiness of the cave points to the fullness of life eternal for us. Perhaps we need to create emptiness in certain areas of our lives so that fullness can result. What prevents us from doing so?
Pray: Ask God for the fruit of the Resurrection in abundance.
Act: Reach out to someone in tomblike existence and help him/her experience resurrection energies.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.