Easter Sunday (2017)

It seems to me, that the three disciples in John 20:1-9 are much like those who come to mass on Easter Sunday. One group includes those who believe and come to mass every Sunday. For them, the empty tomb brings joy. Another group includes those who come to mass regularly but, maybe not every Sunday, and who wrestle with their faith and have some doubts. For them the empty tomb brings comfort. Then there is the group that includes those who come to mass maybe just on Christmas and Easter or Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday. For them, the empty tomb brings hope. No matter what group you belong to, experience of the Risen Christ can bring you into greater light, into “the know” like a Mary Magdalene. No one is ready to encounter Easter until he or she spends time in the early “morning darkness.” Easter’s first light illuminates that darkness. Easter is not about bunnies, springtime, and girls in pretty dresses. Easter is about more hope than we can handle.

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