John20:1a and 2-8
On 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 with me.
Lord, give me the joy of discovering you
as St. John discovered you.
1. Eager: St. John had been
enthused by Christ from the very 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
2. Fast: 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 to others with the intensity
of love. Rather than tiring him, love brings him closer
to God. Am I afraid to love and to
live with intensity?
3. Believing: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
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. Stay
close to me also.
Resolution: I will pray
the Creed in front of a manger scene today and
make a special effort to talk about God’s providence
in my conversations with others.