for Sunday, April 4, 2010
Christ is risen! We, like the early followers of the Lord Jesus, do not
yet understand the Scripture that He had to rise from the dead. Even
today, some two thousand years after the birth of our Lord, we still find
it difficult to believe that He rose from the dead and that He is God and
that He has saved us. Far too often we live as if Jesus were only a sort
of good and moral leader who keeps urging us to be good.
The first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, tells us that God raised
Jesus from the dead on the third day and has given us the forgiveness of
our sins if we believe in Him. That is so difficult to believe at so many
levels of our lives, and yet if we do believe that our sins are forgiven,
our lives are changed forever. We can begin to think of what is above - not
spatially because we don't think that way any more, but in terms of what
lies ahead of us and beyond us at this present time.
Today's Gospel shows this amusing accoung of Simon Peter and the other
disciple running to the tomb. When the other disciple gets there, he looks
in but does not go in. Instead he waits for Simon Peter to go in first.
The other disciple gives his own testimony: he saw and he believed.
As we begin to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus this year, let us
remember the words: saw and believed. We are called to look at our world
and at our Church - and believe that God is present. We are called to see
and believe that God is in all peoples and in those who are around us.
Seeing and believing. Why? Because Christ has risen from the dead and
invites us to share His divine life. Why? Because God has loved us even
from the womb and before all time.
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