On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb,and we do not know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.
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I am not a runner. I have a low tolerance for pain, and everytime I’ve tried to run, it doesn’t take long for me to succumb to that voice that tempts me to stop and take a break. I’m actually very good at moseying from one place to another. Why run when I can get there by spending as little energy as possible?
As I place myself in today’s reading, I wonder if the risen Jesus and the empty tomb would have been enough of a reason for me to push past my limits and spend as much energy as possible. Isn’t the risen Christ worth running after?
In this Christmas season, Jesus is born! Am I still running towards the infant Jesus? Or have I already moved on to mosey towards the next thing.
From the crowded manger to the empty tomb, let us run with joy to Jesus.
—Joe Nava is a math teacher and 2002 graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.
O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels!
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
—O, Come, All Ye Faithful, Attr. to John F. Wade, ca. 1711–1786; trans. by Frederick Oakeley, 1802–1880Please share the Good Word with your friends!