Reflection on Easter Sunday: 17th April 2022

Hope and Believe

“Early, while it was still dark, Mary came running to the tomb”, while there was no hope, while she was in despair, while she felt lost, alone and bereft. The dawning of hope arises in those places where we are most hopeless, lost in the darkness of our despair. It is a hope that we are unable to engineer ourselves because it is a much larger hope than we can ever imagine. Unless the small picture that we have of our lives is shattered, we will not be able to awaken to the fuller picture that is possible. David Hawkins tells us that ‘every life crisis carries within it the kernels of a reversal, a renewal, an expansion, a leap in consciousness, and a letting go of the old and a birth of the new.’ 

John “saw and he believed,” although he didn’t yet understand. This belief does not rely on conceptual understanding. To believe is about opening one’s heart, with an inner knowing that something enormous and mysterious is happening and entrusting ourselves to God without having to understand exactly what it is or how it works. Jesus’ death and resurrection and the transformation process that this invites us into is so enormous and profound, mysterious and life-altering that to reduce it to one explanation is to lose the profound level of healing and deep transformation that it has the potential to evoke in us. What this calls us to is a response, not to try to reduce the ways of God to something our minds can understand, but rather to stand in awe and wonder as John did at the open tomb, believing that we are in the presence of profound life-altering mystery, and opening our hearts to that mystery, allowing it to transform us from within.

Adapted: Sharon Grussendorf

God of the empty tomb, untomb and uncover all that needs to live in us.

God of discarded cloths, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and wisdom.

God of the wonder of Resurrection, remove our resistance to the surprising ways you choose to enter our lives.

Adapted: Joyce Rupp

Gospel John 20:1-9

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came running to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’ 

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.