The women left the tomb at once in holy fear, yet with great joy, and they ran to tell the news to the disciples. Suddenly, Jesus met them on the way and said, «Peace». The women approached him, embraced his feet and worshiped him. But Jesus said to them, «Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to set out for Galilee; there they will see me».
While the women were on their way, the guards returned to the city and some of them reported to the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests met with the Jewish authorities and decided to give the soldiers a good sum of money, with this instruction, «Say that his disciples came by night while you were asleep, and stole the body of Jesus. If Pilate comes to know of this, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble». The soldiers accepted the money and did as they were told. This story has circulated among the Jews until this day.
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The joy and the fear dance together in the heart of these women. However, this dance will be certainly dominated by the joy of meeting the Lord, the Resurrected ONE. It is in this very encounter with the Lord, they become the missionaries, the apostles of the resurrection. Certainly, strange for us to understand the choice of these women to announce the resurrection. This is the way God functions. He elevates some from nothing, to make us to understand the depth of their love for the Lord and they are certainly recompensated for this sincere love, beyond their expectations.
Jesus announces the peace, the divine peace, which these women weren’t searching, but desperately in need of the present time. God knows what to give and when to give, provided we understand and accept these graces, because it comes not on our expected terms and conditions, rather, in a strange and unexpected time or from unexpected and from least expected persons.
Once we welcome and we aware of this grace from God, there is a perfect adoration, a Eucharistic adoration of holding the Lord, the fear of missing Him once again. To our surprise, He will ask us to get up and march, go and announce the good news to all, particularly His beloved ones. Don’t be afraid to be small, or little ones, or of nothing. Simply go and do what I have asked you to do.
What a mission to accomplish and they will certainly accomplish this mission entrusted to them. They will give hope to the Apostles of the Lord. They will give them a new spare of life, a thread to hold on, little fine message to carry on. That all they were in need and the rest; the Lord will take care of.
We have lived this Pascal event in a special way. It’s a history which was imposed and will be cherished by many of us, for generations to come. God wished to give us this special gift and we were called to make use of this time in a wonderful way. There will be many more such encounters we will have in these days, not only of our salvation history, but also of our own personal of the da. I invite you all to have the spirit of Emmaus disciples, so that at the end, we could witness just like them, ‘our heart wasn’t burning?’
Action of the Day: Be open to the divine grace.
«The women left the tomb at once in holy fear, yet with great joy, and they ran to tell the news to the disciples»
Fr. Joan COSTA i Bou
Today, the joy of resurrection has made brave messengers out of those women that went to Christ's tomb. The angel's announcement of the Master's resurrection filled their hearts with «great joy». And, immediately after, they “ran out”, to tell the news to the Apostles. They simply could not stand idle, their hearts bursting should they not let the disciples know about the great news. Paul's words resound in our souls: «For the love of Christ constrains us» (2Cor 5:14).
Jesus contrives to a “chance meeting” with Mary of Magdala and the other Mary —this is how Christ rewards their courage to look for him early in the morning—, and He does it too with all men and women of this world. Not only, because of his Incarnation, He has, in a certain way, become a man too.
Women's reactions before the Lord express the deepest attitudes of human beings before He who is our Creator and Redeemer: submission —«embraced his feet» (Mt 28:9)— and worship. What a lesson for all of us regarding what our attitude ought to be always before Christ in the Eucharist!
«Do not be afraid» (Mt 28:10), Jesus tells the pious women. Afraid of our Lord? Never, as He is the Love of loves! Afraid to lose him? Yes, because we are well aware of our feebleness. This is why we embrace his feet so strongly. As the Apostles in the stormy sea and as the disciples of Emaus when they beg him: Lord, do not leave us!
And the Master sends the women to his disciples so they can see him too. This is also our task, and our divine mission, since the day of our baptism: to proclaim Christ all over the World «so that everybody may find Christ, so that Christ may join each one of us in our journey through life, with the power of the truth (...) contained in the mystery of Encarnation and Redemption, with the power of the love He irradiates» (John Paul II).