The Easter Season, which begins with Easter Sunday and ends with Pentecost, is a time of great joy. These 50 days celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the restoration of creation.
It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away... and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple... Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together. Simon went right into the tomb. Then the other disciple 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. — John 20
The Cornerstone, first rejected, had been laid. The earth had been shaken but the Cornerstone remained firm forever. And now rises the new Temple which is the Lord. And we are the living stones built up in him.
This is the day of the resurrection. And it is a day of witnesses. On this day of days when the Son rose, Mary of Magdala went to the place where the Cornerstone had been laid — the tomb of Jesus. Somehow we sensed that the story was not all told. And indeed it was not. What she saw made her run back to call the apostles. Peter sprang to his feet. He and the other disciple, the one who tells about it, the one who knew he was loved, ran. They must have run with some kind of hope, some hope that there was more to the story.
What they saw also ignited the flame of hope that had gone out on Good Friday. They ran back again to tell the others the tomb was empty. Could it be...? That "other" disciple had no doubt.
The number of witnesses would grow. They would tell how he came among them, how they ate and drank with the One who had been crucified and was alive again. Some would tell how they touched him, put their fingers to his wounds and touched him. They will give testimony that he is risen. Some will die for that witness.
What about us? Have we not run together in one faith in Jesus risen? Have we not eaten and drunk with him? this very day? at this very table? What is our witness? Are we not also bread to be broken and shared in sincerity and truth? Do we not share the Spirit that raised Jesus from death?
This is the day and we are witnesses that Jesus Christ is alive among us. Alleluia.
Let us recall how we too have met and experienced his death and resurrection. Let us proclaim him as our one Lord, the only Brother who is worthy to bear that title.
Yes, I believe. I honor you, Jesus, the Christ, in your resurrection. I rejoice and celebrate in the Assembly of the believers. I believe that your resurrection is a pledge of my own. Alleluia. We shall see you in glory.