Alleluia, The Lord is Risen!
The most important event in Christendom is the Resurrection, without which, there would be no Christianity to speak of. For the unbelievers, they doubt that this event ever happened, and make up stories telling that there is no resurrection. The Apostle St. John the Beloved shares today’s Gospel from an eyewitness point of view, one that was present together with Peter and the women disciples. He was given the task of taking care of the Blessed Mother, he was there when Jesus died, he was there when Jesus body was taken down from the cross. On the first Easter, he was there to see the linen cloth, the empty tomb.
The happenings of Holy Week are events of contrasts. During the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the crowd was with Jesus, only to turn their backs on him when he was brought to Pilate. The Apostles must have felt so lost, after having a “savior” in their midst. They’ve just lost a teacher, mentor, companion, and friend — they were convinced He was the Messiah, but there was nothing after that. Jesus is dead, lying in the tomb. No, there was no army to rescue Him; he died like most human beings.
Just like the tomb, the Apostles descended into the darkness of confusion and anxiety. They denied Jesus, and so is the all of creation. From the crowd to the nails, the wooden cross, the hammer, the hatred, the pains, etc., all were one in condemning our Lord and Savior. Aside from the physical pain, more heavy for Jesus to carry are the psychological and emotional pains. Everyone, including you and me at the present time, conspired to crucify Jesus. These times the darkness fills us, just like the tomb used to encase the battered body of the Savior.
We also live in that emptiness. From the time our first parents Adam and Eve fell into sin, we’ve lived in darkness. We’ve been encased in a similar tomb, sealed and there is no light. Sometimes we experience things that send us into this brink and we feel the walls are closing in on us.
It gets darker. You live in the dark, empty tomb of heartaches and you know there is an end to this. You long for the light.
Easter shows us this light. It is truly hard to fathom and understand. But we simply have to trust and let the Lord take that stone that is blocking us. Sometimes we’ll again find ourselves in the same tomb, but as long as we keep on searching for the light, for the Savior, we know He will come to help us out, and have new life. And there He will be in all His glory!
Alleluia! The Lord is risen!
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! (Ps. 118: 24)