On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
He has risen as He said, Alleluia!
Today is our greatest day of rejoicing. Christ has risen from the dead!
This day reminds us that God triumphs over Satan. Even amidst some awful challenges and evils that are present in the world today, God triumphs. By His death, we have life. By His death, we have something more extraordinary to hope for: eternal life!
On this Easter, we remember especially those who are suffering. Those in Ukraine and other parts of the world who are suffering the atrocities of war. Those who are sick in body, mind, or spirit who feel distant from Our Lord. Those who lost a loved one in this past year. We pray for all those who suffer, that they may unite their sufferings to the suffering of Christ.
Finally, I remember at Easter Mass, the Clergy, Religious, and Laity of the of the Diocese of Allentown. May the joy of the Resurrection strengthen us in our vocation of spreading the Gospel of Christ.
A Blessed Easter to you and your families!