Tuesday, March 27, 2018
by Sister Jane Riha
Are you wearing your new Easter clothes on Sunday? It is common for people to don something new on Easter. Those from a certain era will remember this portion of a song, “In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it ..." We don’t wear bonnets nowadays but we might wear a special decorative hat.
The garments that persons of all ages are called to wear during this Easter Season are garments that are full of light, joy and peace. Christ, our Risen Lord, the Light of the World, is in our midst. The Gospel of John tells us about three persons, witnesses to an empty tomb. Mary of Magdala came in the early morning when it was still dark. Surprised she runs to tell Peter and “the other disciple” whom we believe was John. They go into the tomb together and then this beautiful phrase follows: "He saw and he believed." This "other disciple" believed. He did not just look but he saw the significance of what had taken place. White burial garments were left behind because the Risen Jesus was robed in light and glory.
All three -- Mary of Magdala, Peter and John -- were faithful disciples. I believe they all "saw and believed." I invite you to enter into this Gospel and place yourself there. Pray the Gospel and wait for the Risen Lord to reveal His presence to you. The garments of joy, light and peace will reveal themselves. Most of all may these garments remain deep within your heart. You are ready now to go out as a disciple and share the Good News of the Gospel.
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