Sunday, April 4, 2010

"Indeed He Is Risen!"

Carl Olson's scriptural reflection for Easter Sunday:

This is, of course, completely contrary to all of the data at hand, including today’s Gospel reading. The Evangelist John has no qualm about describing the mixture of astonishment, confusion, fear, and belief that poured forth at the site of the recently vacated tomb. We can immediately relate to the stunned, nearly gasping, exclamation of the Magdalene, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” She repeats it twice (Jn. 20:13, 15), convinced that someone has either moved or stolen the body of Jesus. 
Peter entered the tomb and saw the burial clothes, but we are told nothing of his thoughts. John, the other disciple, “saw and believed.” And yet they still did not comprehend. How could they? However, the witness of the Gospels, while transparent in describing bewilderment and confusion, also emphasizes the historical facts and the legitimate witness of those involved.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I try to put myself in the place of Mary Magdalene and the apostles at learning that Our Lord was no longer to be found in the tomb. I expect that my reaction would have been just the same, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him."

    Like Jesus' other miracles, what He expects us to believe is incredible, isn't it? Yet Simon Peter answered Our Lord, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."

    Truly, we are asked to believe the unbelievable, but it's the only thing in which we truly can believe.

    Thanks for this post.