17th APRIL 2022

He is Risen! He is Not Here: Behold the Place Where They Laid Him" - Samoa  Global News



Acts 10: 34,37-43;      Ps 118: 1-2,16-17,22-23;       Col 3: 1-4;      Jn 20: 1-9



Let us celebrate the festival of the Lord because he has risen from the dead, Alleluia! Today we do not celebrate the entrance of the two disciples into the tomb but their journey from the tomb. Let us reflect on the great paschal mystery by meditating on three points that may help us live the mystery of the resurrection in our lives: Conversion, Communication and Construction.

The resurrection of the Lord invites us to reflect upon the need for conversion. It could be the conversion of my mind, my heart, my gaze, etc. Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb and, finding it open with the stone taken away, she thinks that someone has taken away the Lord from the tomb. She goes in search of a body that is dead. On the other hand, the disciple whom Jesus loved, enters the empty tomb and seeing the absence of the dead body, believes in the body that is now risen. For the Jews, it was the day of the Passover, a feast that commemorated the event of their liberation from the Egyptians. It was a celebration from darkness to light, from slavery to freedom, and from sorrow to happiness. Today we are called to a conversion of our gaze. We are called to a Pass-over from doubtfulness to faith, from unfaithfulness to faithfulness, from superficiality to concreteness, and from our littleness to his fullness.

Today we also reflect on communication. In the first reading, we hear Peter communicating to others what he has experienced. He ‘communicates’ (testifies to) the resurrection of the Lord. In the second reading, there is a ‘communication’ (an exhortation) to look for the things that are above. In the gospel, we encounter a ‘communication’ from the signs and objects. The stone rolled away from the tomb, the linen cloths lying inside the tomb and the absence of the corpse all speak of the resurrection of the Lord. These things ‘communicate’ that he is the son of God, the saviour of the world, the king and the Lord, once dead but now risen to life never to die again. As Christians, by our words and actions, we are called to communicate to the world, not only the resurrection of Jesus but the sure promise of our own resurrection. Thirdly, we reflect on the aspect of construction. The day of Easter reminds us of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The suffering of Jesus was not an isolated suffering; through it, he participated in our suffering. His death was not an isolated death; through it, he participated in the reality of our death. And consequently, his resurrection was not the isolated one; we too participate in it. Thus, the paschal mystery ‘constructs’ (establishes) the mystical body of Christ, wherein we all share in the one body with Christ as our head. Today we too are called to continue this work of ‘construction’, inviting others, by our life, to participate with us in the paschal mystery.

Therefore, let us enter into the tomb and from to tomb let us start afresh a life of conversion, communication and construction.

Response: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.

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