Anonymous, Little Whispers

The Son has Risen!

First Reading
Acts 10:34A, 37-43
Peter proceeded to speak and said:
“You know what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.
We are witnesses of all that he did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in him
will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
R. (24) This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.
“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.”
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
Colossians 3:1-4
Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Gospel
John 20:1-9
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she 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.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.


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“For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” (John 9:20)

REFLECTION
When I was young, I had this idea that Easter was all about egg hunting. However, as I grew older, I slowly realized that Easter was the fulfillment of the greatest story of love and sacrifice between God and His people.

In today’s Gospel, the disciples who went to visit Jesus at his resting place were astonished because they did not find His body where they last left it. They did not come to realize that Jesus, the Christ, had risen from the dead. Similar to the disciples, I think we also have our own questions as to why Christ had to go through suffering and death but would eventually rise from the dead.

We already know that Christ’s passion and death was necessary for the salvation of humanity. His blood that was shed on the cross was the ‘ultimatum’ to prove God’s immeasurable love for His people and that sin had no power over this. Christ’s resurrection, on the other hand, was a symbol that God’s love withstood beyond earthly life and that it is eternal. 

Seeing it from another viewpoint, all these had to happen to depict a story that is written and planned out by God, to show humanity of how powerful His love is, regardless of the circumstance. Similarly, it also serves as the prime example that suffering is inevitable in our lives. But at the end of the day, God has it all planned out. After sorrow, he will lead us to great joy, that is comparable to what the disciples have felt when they found out that Jesus had risen.

Friends, this story also serves as a powerful reminder to us who are all in great suffering and uncertainty due to this pandemic. We may find ourselves lost due to all the things that are happening in our world, but let us come to realize that God’s love will rise above all these and that He will lead us to the joy of feasting after this time of trial. Our pains, burdens, and struggles will all make sense soon. 

Happy Easter, everyone! May our hope in these times be rooted in Christ who had risen from the dead.

Reflection Song

Grace to Grace by Hillsong Worship

Author

Anonymous

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