On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
Christ the Lord is risen; He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Today we raise our voices together in joy, celebrating the wonderful truth of His resurrection. Jesus died and rose again that we might be saved from death to eternal life.
We didn’t understand at first, and it still amazes us. We can’t fully grasp the reality of His love and the incredible way He has proved it to us. Jesus taught that we must love God and one another not just as ourselves, but more than ourselves, to be willing to lay down our mortal lives for those we love. He didn’t just say it, He did it, and calls us to serve in the same way.
Today as we remember His sacrifice, we celebrate that He has broken death’s power over us, and we live in His light, a new creation called to be reconciled to God and part of His holy work.
Heavenly Father, thanks to You we are free from the slavery of sin and the fear of death. Make us bold bearers of the truth of Christ, sharing the Good News of His coming with all the world. Alleluia, Amen!