Resurrection People

The church is continually announcing Christ’s resurrection anew. The church repeats joyfully to men and women the words of the angels and of the women, uttered on that radiant morning when death was defeated. The church announces that He who has become our Pasch is alive; He who died on the Cross reveals the fullness of life.

We must thus announce the resurrection anew in this our time. If we are able to do that, then we can join the psalmist to sing our responsorial Psalm meaningfully: “The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” It is when we are able to announce the resurrection anew into every situation, no matter how hopeless, that we can gather the courage to overcome it.

Today in our gospel, we are told that when Mary Magdalene saw Jesus, she thought he was the gardener. But when Jesus mentioned her name, her eyes were opened and she now sees Jesus in this man. Announcing the resurrection anew means recognizing Jesus in your neighbours or those you encounter. Seeing a brother in every man and a sister in every woman you see. If she had been rude to the gardener, can you imagine her shame at the realisation that it was Jesus?

If we are able to treat people as we would treat Christ, then He has really resurrected in our lives; then we are true “apostles” of the resurrection just like Mary Magdalene who moved from seeing Jesus as a gardener to seeing him as who He really is and addressed Him as “Rabboni.” Can you see Jesus in the ‘gardener’ you will encounter today?

When we are able to see Jesus in our ‘gardener’, they will in turn see the Lord in us will also proclaim, “I have seen the Lord”. Then we can all say indeed, the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. This is the message of the resurrection.
(Acts 2:36-41; Ps. 33; Jn. 20:11-18)


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