Father Ernest Daly, LC
John 20:1a and 2-8
the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene 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.
Introductory Prayer:Lord, today I am reminded of
the intensity of love that you stir in the hearts
of your followers. I want to be your follower today.
I believe that you love me. I believe that you
have overcome sin and death. I believe that you walk
Petition:Lord, give me the joy of discovering
you as St. John discovered you.
St. John was
on fire for Christ right from the beginning. Early on,
Christ had won his heart. In his Gospel, John would
record many things about Christ in a very personal way,
giving us special insights into Christ. Christ allowed him into
his heart, and John’s faith gave him reason to hope
in the Resurrection. That is why he runs with such
eagerness to the tomb. He does not yet know that
Christ is risen, but he wants to know. He wants
to be where Christ is. Am I eager to be
with Christ? This time of Christmas is a special time
in which I can naturally feel attracted to Christ. Do
I take advantage of this grace and try to converse
more with him?
No hesitation. Get there as quickly
as possible. John knows where he has to go. Nothing
else is as important. He does not let anything get
in the way. A saint lives his life quickly, even
if his years are long. He lives it quickly because
he lives each day, each moment, intensely for Christ and
souls. He lives his prayer life intensely — in spite
of the natural fatigue and moments of dryness — because
he knows the time spent in prayer is the most
important moment of the day. A saint lives his service
to his family and others with the intensity of love.
Rather than tiring him, love brings him closer to God.
Am I afraid to love and live with intensity?
John was rewarded for his faith. His Lord is alive!
No amount of cruelty and evil, not even death itself,
can defeat his Lord. John teaches us to believe in
Christ, to discover with joy the signs of his presence.
Am I using this Christmas season to reaffirm my faith
in Christ’s presence in the world? Do I cultivate a
supernatural outlook in the things I do, in the way
I deal with those around me? Do I build up
confidence in Christ’s victory in souls and discover the signs
of that victory?
Conversation with Christ:Lord, thank you for St.
John’s faith. He was close to your heart. Help me
to place my heart in your heart. I want to
run to you, Lord, throughout the ups and downs of
my life, the good times and the bad. Today I
will stay close to you in my heart. I beg
you to remain close to me.
Resolution:I will the Creed
in front of a manger scene today and make a
special effort to talk about God’s providence in my conversations