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Weekly Gospel Reflection
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

April 21, 2019—Easter Sunday

  John 20:1-9

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Mary of Magdala was the first witness of the empty tomb. What about Mary, the Mother of Jesus? The gospels do not mention appearances of Jesus to her. Why? Because they name witnesses to give credibility to the reality of Christ’s resurrection. Listing his Mother would have brought the response, “Of course his Mother will say he rose. What else would you expect?”

But I am convinced that Jesus appeared to his Mother. I invite you to join me in a brief reflection. In prayer, let’s go back to that first Easter, and join Mary in the little room where she was staying in Jerusalem....

Early on the third day, Mary rises and kneels in the dim light to pray. Tears flow as she thinks of the agony Jesus had endured: the scourging, crowning with thorns, crucifixion. She remembers how his shattered, bloody body was placed in her arms after his crucifixion. She prays Psalm 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd.... Though I walk through the dark valley, I fear no evil, for you are at my side.”

Then she feels a hand on her shoulder. The room fills with light. “Jesus,” she says, “Jesus. my Son! You have risen. You are here.” She turns to see Jesus, gloriously alive. He takes his Mother in his arms, and Mary is filled with a joy even greater than when she first held him newborn in Bethlehem.

For forty days, Jesus appears to Mary. They talk for hours about old times: his birth at Bethlehem, the exile in Egypt, the carpenter shop in Nazareth, his preaching and miracles, his passion and death. The years had gone by so quickly. Now everything, even the horror of the cross, seems to be bathed in the light of peace and joy, peace and joy that will last forever.

Spend some time in prayer with Mary at Easter. She will take you to Jesus, saying: “This is my Son, your Lord and God. He is risen!”

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