Pondering for Saturday, April 11th 2020

The New Testament Eucharistic Readings for Easter Vigil: Year A

Romans 6:3-11  Psalm 114  Matthew 28:1-10

“Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”” (Matthew 28: 7 – 10)

Galilee, Galilee, Galilee. The Angels tell the women to tell his followers to go to Galilee to see him. A few steps later, the Resurrected Jesus himself tells them the same thing, “tell them to Go to Galilee.”  I am surprised that more churches aren’t named “Galilee” as the place where we meet our Lord Jesus.

Some points to note here is that Jesus, and those assisting Jesus, (his angels) are the ones who first addressed the women.  The women were then “recruited” to further continue the message of how to find Jesus. So, we must be “in search of” our Lord Jesus in the first place.  If we are in search of him, Our Lord Jesus will send us directions.

The second point to ponder is, Where is our “Galilee?” Galilee is where Jesus did the bulk of his teaching and preaching, it is where he did his healing and walking on the water. It is where he was raised and grew up.  This gives a double message of “going home.”  Yes, he is going back to the Father but first he is going back to his earthly place of preference. Capernaum of Galilee, we are told, is the first place our Lord Jesus went to of his own free will and accord. 

I have a few Galilees in my life. I have St Vincent de Paul, Catholic School, in Nashville, Tennessee, where I was first introduced to God, and the Christ of God. I have Paris Island, South Carolina (where I was made a Marine); I have Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, where my education was continued about our Lord Jesus.  All of these Galilees are places to “go back to” for refreshment and renewal for me. Jesus is calling his followers out of Jerusalem, the place that kills the prophets, to a better place, a place of peace and refreshment.

The Resurrection should mean the same thing for you.  Where, or when, in your life have you found learning and love? This does not have to be, and in most cases is not, geographic.  It’s more a state of mind. It is about when you were happy, loved and learning.  Currently we are living in the Covid state of sickness and death. It’s time for a wake-up call.  Let’s use our minds to go back to places of our own free will and accord, places where we can find our Lord Jesus. And remember; when we go looking, our lord Jesus will send help and guide us all the way.  This is my message for you.  Happy Easter!

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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