New Testament Eucharistic Readings for Easter Vigil: Year C
“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!” This 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 Biblical 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 account, 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. Just as Jesus has become a part of who all Christians are. Peter however, got to live and travel with Jesus and witness firsthand the power of God working out salvation in the personhood of Jesus. 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 sin is empty and our future is full. We have a guaranteed next life that has no end. Thank You Jesus.
The question becomes, “how do we use our remaining earthly life in thanksgiving to God for God’s mercy, forgiveness and the promise of eternal life? The answer of course, is in gratitude.
Jesus now lives in the stories told and written about Him, in our prayers to Him, and in our hopes and trust in Him. God is able to be with us in Christ Jesus still today.
As God in Christ Jesus is now watching us even closer through human eyes, and knowing that we are aware of what is going on in Ukraine, let us be seen by God advocating for Ukraine, and all people threatened by terrorist organizations, be they an organized government, or renegade gangs. Wrong is wrong. Unloving acts are unloving acts. Easter is love Resurrected. Let us live as a resurrected people. The Spirit of our Lord Jesus now dwells in all who believe in Him and are committed to amendment of life wherein all human life is precious in His sight. Halleluiah; He is Risen!
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John