As we review the gospel text, we discover that it’s much easier for us to say that than it was for those first disciples who encountered the empty tomb. In fact, the first Easter didn’t start off clear and wonderful. Mary Magdalene’s first response to the empty tomb was not joyousness but rather confusion. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb!” (vs. 2) Her report was based on assumption, not on evidence. One thing, at least, is clear. Mary was not expecting the Resurrection to happen. She had come to pay her respects to the dead, not to seek the living. The discovery of the empty tomb suggested no such thought, awakened no such expectations.
In the text, Mary Magdalene discovered the empty tomb. Peter and John investigated it. On being told the news, they both ran to see for themselves. John arrived first but did not immediately enter. He simply stooped down and looked in. Then Peter arrived upon the scene and at once entered the tomb. They were there in exactly the same place and position as they had been when they enfolded the body of Jesus. However, did they in fact “see” the same thing?
Perhaps we won’t even see Jesus just as Mary Magdalene didn’t see the Lord who was standing in front of her and speaking to her. As we gather to celebrate the mystery of the resurrection, we are invited to open our eyes to find Jesus among us; we are invited to open our hands and our hearts, and our whole selves to his presence. IL-WOONG.
A.D. Kingdom and Empire. Now on Netflix. A television miniseries, based on the Bible, and a sequel to the 20123 miniseries, The Bible. The story takes place immediately after the events of The Bible miniseries, beginning with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and continues with the first ten chapters of the Acts of the Apostles.
The Passion of the Christ. From Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson comes a profound story of courage and sacrifice, depicting the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is arrested and accounted by the Pharisees of blasphemy, a crime punishable by death. Handed over to Roman soldiers who flagellate him until he is unrecognisable, Jesus is then ordered to carry the heavy wooden cross through the streets of Jerusalem to Golgotha, where he is nailed to the cross. As he dies, he experiences his last temptation: to momentarily doubt the presence of God, his Father, and to ask if he has been forsaken.