After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
This has been a Lent and Holy Week unlike any other. For a long time, the Easter Vigil has been my favorite liturgy of the entire year. In my “former life,” I was the Director of Liturgy at a parish, and while Holy Week was always a lot of work, it was also a special and very blessed time. This year I suspect that many of us feel a bit lost and adrift as many dioceses have canceled public celebrations of the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. Even those who are able to attend these services will likely find them to be different from what they are used to.
The women who went to the tomb of Jesus were also feeling lost and adrift after Jesus’ death on the cross. They wondered what had happened and were questioning the purpose of their belief and trust in Jesus. As they were to discover, all was not lost. With God, all is never lost. God is always with us, and as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord in these strange times, it is good to remember that the Lord will find us in the midst of whatever situation we are facing. He will never abandon us and in that we can find hope!
—Mandy Dillon is a Retreat Coordinator at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat Center in Barrington, IL.
Risen Lord, we come to you with hearts troubled by the situation in our world today. Help us to find comfort in the knowledge that you are with us always and to find joy in your Resurrection and all that it promises. You are our hope.
—Mandy DillonPlease share the Good Word with your friends!