HOLY WEEK 2014: Reflection for Easter Sunday

Reflection for Easter Sunday

PAX CHRISTI USA

by Joan Chittister, osb

Acts 10:34a, 37-43 | Colossians 3:1-4 | John 20:1-9

The Women at the Tomb, by Sr. Mary Stephens CRSS The Women at the Tomb, by Sr. Mary Stephens CRSS, http://www.canonesses.co.uk/gallery/art/

Interesting. The day starts and ends at the tomb. No flash of light. No announcement. Simply the awareness that what has been is gone. Mary Magdalene, in the dark, notes that the stone has been moved. John, at the door, notes that the wrappings have been left behind. Peter, in the burial place, pronounces it empty of the Christ whose burial clothes have been left behind. And they are left to tell the others.

That’s about all the sight of Resurrection that anyone ever really gets, come to think of it. Darkness and an empty tomb. The notion that what has been taken is clearly alive. A burning memory and an unfinished truth. Even today, then, the Easter message to all of us is still the…

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