New Testament Eucharistic Readings for Easter Vigil 20 April 2019
“But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.” (Luke 24:12)
“What?” “ No, it can’t be!” Must have been what Peter thought when Mary Magdalene and the other women brought the disciples the news that Jesus was no longer in the tomb.
So Peter runs to the tomb to see for himself. I guess in all honesty, I might have done the same thing. But as a Monday morning quarterback and a big fan of Mary Magdalene, I ask why couldn’t the men just believe her? But since it does sound too good to be true, I probably would have ran to see for myself also. In John’s Gospel Peter runs with another disciple who outruns Peter but hesitates at the door and Peter rushes right inside the tomb.
Peter has had some life changing experiences with Jesus. Jesus has become part of who Peter is. Jesus has become a part of who all Christians are. Peter however, got to live with Jesus and witness firsthand the power of God working out salvation in a person. While it was difficult to have Jesus to die, it must be amazing to see his burial place be empty. This is the turning point for Simon Peter. For him, and for us, it means hope!
From this point forward, Peter is a new person. From the Resurrection forward, for all of us who are Christians, we are new persons in Christ Jesus. We walk, or run, with Peter and we too are amazed. The tomb of our sins is empty and our future is full. We have a guaranteed next life that has no end. Thank You Jesus!
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.