Thursday, December 27, 2007

Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist

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.

John 20:1a and 2-8 (NAB)


Where have they taken him? Little did they know he has risen from the dead to fulfill the prophecy. They had forgotten what he told them. That he would rise on the third day. How often even in our lives we are told something to give us faith and we discard it as nonsense. Until like this and we receive proof of his words. Little things that go on in our lives to give us unending faith in Him but for many we disbelieve what we see. Or as this story tells of a sinner who reports the loss of the body of our Lord and the others need to go and see to believe her. But if she first of all were of a different class of people then belief would have been different. We are like that too even in our day. We assume sinners are liars and not worthy of God's transformation. But it is often the people around them that cause them to stifle God's healing grace. Why as in the days past that we need to see to believe.

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