Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The Jesus story might have become a popular Greek tragedy written and staged sometime late in the first century. Or it might have become a Roman version written by a famous playwright of the time who based his production on many conversations he had had with a friend in the Legion that guarded Palestine. All of this flows from a tale that went from Bethlehem to Calvary and ended with His death on a Friday afternoon.

But neither of those would ever be composed because of the marvelous wonder that took place on “The Third Day.” In fact the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb made that one “the Day of days” and so it has remained such ever since.

What are we Christians to make of it in this largely apathetic mostly anti-Christian world of the twenty-first century that we inhabit? One option is to tone down the excitement or hide behind a festival of rabbits, chicks and chocolate covered coconut eggs. Put the accent on Springtime and multi-colored flowers in bright baskets. Or a fine ham dinner.

The other option, preferred by people of genuine faith, is to rejoice once again at the plan of God and His decision to include us in the mix of once-dead cells of the Mystical Body now capable of vibrant and never ending life. To live it in a kingdom St. Paul once described in one of his Letters as wonderful beyond our senses to conceive.

That rejoicing need not be expressed in a lively dance with the clapping of hands, although that would not be a bad thing in itself. Rather for most of us the joy is mostly felt inward. A peace that permeates our outlook for our future. That even spreads through our vital organs urging us to recognize that this lowly body of ours will one day be glorified to be like our Savior’s.

Our inquisitive minds might want more information than the gospels give us. But our hearts will know that the God who knows all things will let us know and experience His kingdom with just the right amount of peace to fill our capacity to the brim.

Meanwhile, we renew our trust in Him. His resurrection is the endorsement by God the Father and the Holy Spirit of everything Jesus said and did; every command He gave and demand He made. Best for us to know them and observe them, and not be deceived by secularism, materialism and every other “ism” out there in the world of darkness. The Light has returned, even brighter than before. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Rev. Peterson’s Reading & Gospel Summary

Reading I: Acts 10:34a; 37-43
Peter’s sermon builds on the revelation he received and as a special witness to the resurrection that he became. The promised forgiveness of sins is now certain through Jesus.

Reading II: Colossians 3: 1-4
This selection, addressed to the citizens of an important city, urges them to think from a heavenly perspective, not an earthly one. Your Christian life is a hidden one but is made manifest by your lifestyle.

The Gospel: John 20: 1-9, or 41
The empty tomb is discovered, and the risen Jesus first appears to Mary Magdalene, She in turn becomes His messenger to Peter and John. They in turn enter the tomb and see the burial cloths in one place and the head cloth neatly rolled up in another.