Good News B20
For Vigil use: Mark 16:1-7 New American Bible
Afternoon or evening Mass use: Luke 24:13-35 New American Bible
When Mary Magdalene came early in the morning before the sun came out, she saw that the stone had been removed from in front of the tomb. She ran and told Peter and John, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”
If you had been there, you would have done the same thing as Peter and John did. You would run as fast as your legs would carry you to check it out. Alas! When you look at the tomb, you find that Mary Magdalene was right. The body of Jesus Christ was gone.
Would you stay there? What would the soldiers do when they discovered that his body was gone? They would think that the disciples had stolen the body. So Peter and John ran to hide in the Upper Room where they had eaten supper with Jesus the night before he died. They locked all the doors. It was then that Jesus appeared to them. He walked right through the locked door. He was able to do that because he was a spirit. He told them not to be afraid.
And that is still his message to us today. Even when you are surrounded by fearful things in life, remember that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will protect you. If you ask God to show you a clear path, he will show you how to overcome your fear and rejoice in his goodness and mercy. Be thankful and joyful of heart today because your sins are forgiven. Now you may spend eternity in Heaven with God, our almighty Father.
When you look at Easter egg, remember that God gives your life color each time he forgives you. Each time you forgive someone, you hand a rainbow of hope to them. You help them crack through their shell into a new life of love just like a chicken pecks his way out of a shell when he is hatching into a new world.
Say the “Our Father” to show God you love him and that you will color the lives of the people around you with love and forgiveness.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Copyright © 2003 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.