Scripture Reading – John 20:2-9
She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we do not know where they have put him.’ So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb … he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
“Christ is risen!
Easter challenges us each year. Do we believe that Christ truly rose from the dead? Belief in Christ’s Resurrection is fundamental and essential to being Christian.
Christianity makes demands. It is not an easy option. Its founder, Jesus Christ, called for a change of heart, a turning to God. He demanded a change in ways of thinking and behaviour. That call is still being made to us in our day. Shall we listen to it?
The tomb was empty. Everyone at the time agreed on that, but the Apostles had been slow to understand what had happened. Once Peter and John had verified the fact for themselves, they understood the teaching of the scriptures, that he must rise from the dead.
We have the same duty to give witness to the fact that Christ is risen from the dead. Death has lost its hold over mankind. Death is not for us, the end of the story. It is the beginning of a new chapter. There is life after death; it is life with God. Our present life is to prepare for that.“
Father, help me to change the way I think and act. To be your witness in this life as I prepare for the next.
For the Cardinal Hume Centre
Father, help those who come to the Cardinal Hume Centre to escape fear, anger and hopelessness, and with the help from staff, to find hope and new life.
“I thought – this is the starting point for a broken life, this could be your beginning.”