Easter Sunday

He is Risen!

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. 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.  John 20:1-9

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 a 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. So later on, Peter, addressing Cornelius’ household, told them that they were witnesses to the resurrection of the Lord, and they had to proclaim the good news.

We have the same duty to give witness to the fact that Christ is risen from the dead. Death has lost its hold over humankind. 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.

Lord, may I turn to you each day, know your love, and share it with all those I meet. 

We pray for all those who come to the Centre – that it will be the beginning of a new chapter.

Reflection by Cardinal Basil Hume OSB – originally in ‘A Turning to God’, edited by Patricia Hardcastle Kelly (DLT 2007), used with permission