God our Father, by raising Christ your Son you conquered the power of death and opened for us the way to eternal life. Let our celebration today raise us up and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Readings at Mass
1st Reading. Acts 10: 34, 37-43
This reading is part of an early Christian sermon by St Peter. The apostle proclaims the resurrection as a witness to it and to the continued communion he enjoys with the Risen Lord. In his own experience he knows the reality of the Resurrection and his witness and proclamation emerge from this experience.
2nd Reading. Colossians 3:1-4
Through our baptism we already share in the risen life of Christ. Like the first Christians we experience, through the baptismal water, the reality of dying and rising with Christ; we experience for ourselves the reality of the Resurrection and are raised to new life in Christ. The whole of our life is the living out of our baptismal life: we walk with the Risen Christ.
Gospel. St John 20:1-9
On discovering that the tomb of Jesus is empty, the disciples begin to grasp what the Scriptures had foretold, namely, that He would rise from the dead. As he gazes at the folded grave clothes, John ‘sees’ the truth of what has happened; he begins to ‘see’ the reality of the Resurrection.
Reflection. The heart which loves, believes
John tells how Mary Magdalene, as soon as she sees that the stone has been rolled away from the tomb, runs to Peter and to the Disciple whom Jesus loved and says: ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have laid him.’
Now an Easter race begins. Peter and John, the Beloved Disciple, run to the tomb. Peter enters it but perceives merely the physical reality: ‘He saw the linen wrapping lying there …’ Peter sees but he does not understand. In John’s Gospel Peter stands for the person who is led by their reason and will. Those who want to judge everything from the head cannot comprehend the mystery of the Resurrection. John, the Beloved Disciple, enters the tomb after Peter, ‘and he saw and believed.’ John sees with the heart. And a loving heart understands and believes.
One cannot believe in the Resurrection through reason alone. One needs, like John, a heart that loves and that knows itself to be loved, because the Beloved Disciple is not only the disciple who loves Jesus, but also, as the Gospel always says, ’the disciple whom Jesus loved’. Whoever knows themselves to be loved by Jesus, can believe in the Resurrection. Such people trust that love is stronger than death, that love will outlive death& will touch them even beyond death.
Trust your love and allow yourself to be initiated into the mystery of the Love which conquers death. (Taste the Joy of Easter: Anselm Green OSB)
O Lord, who by triumphing over the power of darkness prepared our place in the new Jerusalem: grant that we who celebrate your resurrection, may praise you in the city where you are the light; for there with the Father and the Holy Spirt you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen.
Risen Lord Jesus, as Mary Magdalene met you in the garden on the morning of your resurrection, so may we meet you today and every day: speak to us as you spoke to her; reveal yourself as the Living Lord; renew our hope and kindle our joy; and send us to share the good news with others, to the glory of your name. Amen.
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Easter Day. Sunday April 4th
Alleluia! Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
A very happy and blessed Easter to you all.