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
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 Lord.
2. From Contemplatives
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 3:36).
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?
my trust in you and your promise of eternal life.
I will make
a special effort to speak well of others today, especially those with whom I may