Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went
away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and
ran to announce this to his disciples. And behold, Jesus
met them on their way and greeted them. They
approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then
Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell
my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they
will see me.” While they were going, some of the
guards went into the city and told the chief
priests all that had happened. They assembled with the
elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum
of money to the soldiers, telling them, "You are
to say, ´His disciples came by night and stole
him while we were asleep.´ And if this gets to
the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him
and keep you out of trouble." The soldiers took
the money and did as they were instructed. And this
story has circulated among the Jews to the present
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you are the source of all
life because you are life itself. Your resurrection from the
dead gives me the hope of being raised from
the dead to rejoice with you forever in heaven.
I need to dwell more often on the good you
have done for us and on your promises to
those who put their trust in you. Thank you, Jesus,
for taking up your life again and leading the
way home to heaven. I love you, and I want
to follow after you with all my heart. I
want to cooperate more fully with you in bringing
many others there with me.
Petition: Lord, as a
fruit of my experiencing your love, grant me the
grace of witnessing to you.
1. Coming into the Light of
the Resurrection: Contemplate the women at the tomb. Feel
their distress upon entering an open and empty tomb.
Experience their fears for where the body might be. Share
in their joy because their faith, and ours, awakens
to the reality of Our Lord’s resurrection. Indeed, it
is true! He has truly risen! Alleluia! Approach him
and bow down, then adore and embrace the loving feet
of Our Lord. He wants to be our strength,
our light, and our love. He wants to be our
2. From Contemplatives to Missionaries: From our contemplation we must
become missionaries. This is the instruction Our Lord gives
these privileged women: “Go tell my brothers to go to
Galilee, and there they will see me.”From their
adoration, Our Lord calls them to be witnesses to the
world, beginning first with the apostles. These women, insignificant
in the eyes of the world, have become irreplaceable
heralds of the Gospel. Why? It is not because of
any social class or role they had had. Rather,
it is because of the faith and love with
which they would live and accomplish the mission entrusted to
them. They were faithful to Our Lord in spreading
the Good News of the Resurrection to the apostles
and the world.
3. Obedience of Faith Allows Us to See:
Our Lord asks the apostles to obey his command:
“Go to Galilee … there they will see me.”
Christ requires our obedience in order for us to see
him in faith and experience his resurrection. Without obedience,
we might not recognize him. The guards at the
tomb were obedient to the orders of the chief priests.
Yet the guards lacked faith, so they did not
believe what they saw and thus did not adore.
We all obey someone. However, it is obedience to Christ
that leads to faith which leads to life: “He
who believes in the Son has eternal life” (John
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, thank you
for this time I have spent with you in prayer
and contemplation of your resurrection. Help me always grow
and mature in my faith. Without it I am lost.
Without it I am unable to see you, and
if I cannot see you, how will I be able
to follow you? I place my trust in you
and your promise of eternal life.
will make a special effort to speak well of
others today, especially those with whom I may disagree.