Most Holy Trinity by Ermes Dovico

GOSPEL PEARLS

Easter’s first image

Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce* this to his disciples. (Matthew 28: 8)

Gospel Pearls 11_04_2020

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow. The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men. Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce  this to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (Matthew 28: 1-10)

The first image of Easter is the removal of the sepulchre stone which had hitherto sealed off human hope. Easter, therefore, is above all liberation of our hopes. It raises them from earthly to eternal life in a way that is unexpected and unimaginable. Thanks to Jesus, the absence of his body inside the tomb is already a sign of his presence among us, as confirmed by the angel's announcement. When reading this Gospel, may we experience the same immense joy of the women who found Jesus so to announce his resurrection to others with equal conviction.