EASTER REFLECTION BY SR.MAUREEN MARSTON SP
HURRAH! HURRAH! HURRAH!
"He is Lord, He is risen from the dead and he is Lord!
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess,
that Jesus Christ is Lord."
Jesus had foretold that he would rise from the dead but his disciples witnessing the reality of his death and burial, and in deep grief for their Master seemed to have forgotten his words of hope.
He would rise from the dead and they would see him again - and they did!
He surprised them all.
On the third day he was first seen by Mary Magdalen and then the other disciples in the upper room where they had taken refuge.
St. John in his Gospel describes what happened.
“In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and He said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.’
Time for Reflection
In this appearance on Easter day the over-riding feeling is JOY. The disciples grief and fear are suddenly transformed and their world once again is turned upside down! How amazing! How can this be! It is indeed Jesus himself. They are filled with joy.
Take some time to recall moments of great joy. What surprised you? What filled you with such joy that you immediately looked for someone to share it with?
What brings a smile to your face?
Think about all the small joys in everyday living.
Ponder on the gift of yourself to others and how you bring them joy.
PRAYER OF PRAISE
"He is Lord, He is Lord. He is risen from the dead and He is Lord!
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord!