In this Sunday’s Gospel we celebrate the moment that Jesus rose from the dead. Until this point the Disciples hadn’t really understood what was promised or that Jesus would rise again and, as we share in the story, we consider what a surprise this must have been.
But the real wonder isn’t in the miracle of Jesus’ rising from the dead but in the promise that it holds for us. Jesus’ resurrection demonstrates to us that we too can share in everlasting life with our Lord and, it serves as a reminder of the joy and hope that Jesus brings to everyday of our lives.
Easter Sunday is, without doubt, the greatest day in the Church calendar. So, this Easter Sunday, in amongst the Easter eggs and family meals, let us take a moment to stop and consider all that God’s promise means for us. Let us look around ourselves, both at home and in the wider world, and let us renew our spirit with the hope and joy that God bestows on us all.
John 20:1-9 (ESV)
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.
Did you know that every week we send home The Wednesday Word? This is your chance to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday together as a family – we send it home in a child friendly format and it includes activities and puzzles and ideas for discussion and prayer.