Come, Holy Spirit. Give me the faith to seek the risen Christ.
Picture the disciples at the empty tomb.
If Jesus has risen from the dead, then his tomb must be empty. All four gospels begin their Easter stories with visits to the empty tomb and with descriptions of the disciples’ reactions.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- The Beloved Disciple is the author of John’s gospel. All of the many details, (about the various linens, where they were placed, and who arrived first), are memories of his personal experiences.
- Notice the readiness of these three disciples. Magdalene comes as early as possible, while Peter and the Beloved Disciple run to the tomb.
- Although experiencing the empty tomb, the disciples still do not know that Jesus is risen.
- Peter seems totally confused. The Beloved Disciple believes, but does not understand the full story. Magdalene is weeping.
- This is God’s first stirring. The full gift will soon come. At least, they are searching.
- The two disciples return home. Magdalene’s great love, however, takes her in a more important direction. She stays at the tomb.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Lord, thank you for these eyewitnesses. My faith in your resurrection is based on their witness.
- All this evidence captures my intellect. The stone is rolled away. The body is not there. The linens are in various places.
- My heart is ready to believe.
- Let me run. Let me hurry quickly. I must find you.
- Give me the heart of Magdalene. I don’t want to return home to the empty world.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will renew my faith in the risen Jesus.
+ I will study the scriptures