March 26, 2016 - Easter 2016
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Have you ever had one of those days that, when you lay your head on the pillow at night, the events of the day keep playing back over and over and you just couldn’t fall asleep?
We’ve all had days like that. It happens. Life happens. And sometimes our lives just start to unravel. Things fall apart.
Inescapable troubles come our way: an inoperable tumor, a pink slip, a marriage in turmoil, a child under arrest or parents suddenly in need of daily care, unable to take care of themselves anymore.
These things or worse keep us up at night.
I bet they couldn’t sleep either, those women who had come from Galilee with Jesus. I’m sure they’d laid awake all night replaying the events of Good Friday over and over in their minds.
But now that daybreak has come, they have something to do. They take the spices they have prepared and go to the tomb.
These women could have just felt sorry for themselves. They could have stayed stuck in their grief and in their fear. They could have remained stuck on Good Friday. But they didn’t, they picked themselves up and got busy.
They needed to do this for themselves as much as they needed to show respect to the body of Jesus. They needed to minister in some way, to do something, to heal something.
It took Jesus’ disciples awhile to understand that the Jews had not come and taken away the body. It took them awhile to understand that Jesus’ death meant an end to death.
It was very difficult for them to comprehend the resurrection. But we are told that they believed even though they did not yet understand.
Did they ever completely understand or did they simply come to believe because of their faith? Is it even necessary that we completely understand?
Can we understand the mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead? I don’t think so. How could we?
But we can believe. Today when we renew our baptismal promises we will say, “I believe.” I believe.
When we get the wind knocked out of us, we need to do something otherwise we get stuck on Good Friday.
But today is not Good Friday, today is Easter and the women find, not the body of Jesus, but an empty tomb.
The death of Jesus Christ brings about an end to death. Their grieving gives way to alleluias. Death gives way to new life.
After all, our God is God of the living. Alleluia. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia. We don’t have to be stuck in grief and misery on Good Friday.
Today is Easter. We can rejoice and be glad because our God, the God of the living, has come to save us. Alleluia.