Monday in the Octave of Easter
April 13, 2020
Ps 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
The resurrection of Jesus was seen by two section of people , first one were the guards who were appointed by Jewish Authorities. Jesus first revealed himself to the Jewish authorities who put him to death through the guards. Jewish authorities understood the truth that Jesus was the Messiah by various signs like tearing of the Temple Veil from top to down, the darkness surrounded for three hours, violent earthquake and finally through their own temple guards placed to guard the tomb of Jesus. The Bible says in (Mathew 28:2-3)- There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. Though the Lord gave many signs and revealed to them his Messianic grace but they became so much egoistic and defended own wrong understanding of the Law and were not ready to accept the truth and believe Jesus as Messiah. If they had accepted Jesus by repenting their mistake , today whole World would have saved through Jewish Nation.
Secondly Jesus reveals himself to Mary Magdalene and the Women of Jerusalem. Women in those days were like outcasts in the society because their testimony and witness was not taken in to Jewish Law or as per the Customs. Jesus reveals to the people who considered least in the society and whose testimony is not considered in the society. God’s wisdom is beyond the wisdom of men and the Women became the first believers of Jesus resurrection and took the good news of the Gospel to his Apostles and whole of Israel. The stone the rejected became the corner stone to witness and proclaim the Gospel.
God is not partial in his revelation , the resurrection of Jesus is not a one time activity , it is like waves in the Sea which come one after the another to hit the shore of our heart in all times and all places of our lives, he reveals himself to the Sinners, learned, weak and rich , believer, non believer but how we respond to his revelation in our life is the key of our belief.
Today as we reflect upon the empty tomb of Jesus , let us search Jesus , like those Women of Jerusalem and he will encounter us in our very lives on the quest of our search like he met the Women of Jerusalem. When we encounter him , let us not harden our Hearts like those Jewish authorities but believe like the Women of Jerusalem leaving behind our ego of life and prejudice.