April 20/21, 2019
He is risen! He is truly risen! This is what the celebration of Easter is all about: The truth that Jesus was crucified for our sins and three days later rose from the dead, conquering death once and for all.
We know it’s true, but this Easter Sunday let’s ask ourselves if we live as if it’s true. Do we live as witnesses to the glorious reality of the Resurrection?
A witness, of course, is one with first-hand knowledge. Our readings today focus not only on the Resurrection itself but also on those who were witnesses to it. In the Gospel, St. John describes the very first witnesses to the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene, John (“the disciple whom Jesus loved”), and Peter. Each had an individual “experience” of the empty tomb. Each went up close to see for themselves what Jesus’ love had accomplished.
How can we, as Christian stewards all these years later, see for ourselves and so become His witnesses? We “see for ourselves” when we prayerfully read the Scriptures knowing they are a living love letter from God with a message to each one of us. We “see for ourselves” each time we receive the precious Body and Blood of our Lord in the Eucharist. We “see for ourselves” when we experience His personal and healing power in our hearts during Reconciliation. We “see for ourselves” when we pour out our lives in loving service to those around us and experience the deep satisfaction that only comes when we are imitating our Savior.
This Easter, resolve to live as if the saving power of the Resurrection is real. Experience Jesus for yourself every day from now on. You will be a powerful witness to the truth that He is risen! He is truly risen!