Lectio Divina (Easter Monday)
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news 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.”
The women in today’s gospel are models for our Easter celebration. We are to be filled with awe and great joy and run to spread the good news that Christ has been raised up by the Father. (Galilea)
And the Master sends the women to his disciples so they can see him too. This is also our task, and our divine mission, since the day of our baptism: to proclaim Christ all over the World “so that everybody may find Christ, so that Christ may join each one of us in our journey through life, with the power of the truth (…) contained in the mystery of Incarnation and Redemption, with the power of the love He irradiates” (Saint John Paul II).
Mary Magdalene and the holy women (…) were the first to encounter the Risen One (Mk 16:1; Lk 24:1; Jn 19:31,42). Thus the women were the first messengers of Christ’s Resurrection for the apostles themselves (Cf Lk 24:9-10). They were the next to whom Jesus appears: first Peter, then the Twelve. Peter had been called to strengthen the faith of his brothers, (Cf I Cor 15:5-; Lk 22:31-32) and so sees the Risen One before them; it is on the basis of his testimony that the community exclaims: ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ (Lk 24;34).” (Catechism Of The Catholic Church, Nº 641)
Lord you have revealed your resurrection to the women who ran to announce the news to his disciples. Lord, you have revealed to us your paschal mystery. Make us messengers of your resurrection through our words and deeds.
Be a messenger of Christ’s resurrection through your words and actions.