Come, Holy Spirit. Give me the faith to seek the risen Christ.
Picture the disciples at the empty tomb.
Before the gospel writers describe the Easter visions, they speak of the empty tomb and of the disciples’ reactions. In this text, Magdalene, Peter and the Beloved Disciple all have different responses. Peter sees but the Beloved Disciple believes.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- The Beloved Disciple himself wrote this account. All of the many details (the various linens, where they were placed, and who arrived first) are his first hand memories.
- These three disciples respond. Magdalen comes while it is “still dark.” Peter and the beloved disciple run to the tomb.
- Although experiencing the empty tomb, the disciples still do not know that Jesus is risen.
- Magdalen thinks someone stole the body. Peter seems totally confused. The Beloved Disciple believes, but does not understand the full story.
- This is God’s first stirring in their hearts. At least, they are searching (even running).
- The two disciples return home but they are prepared for the visions.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Lord, thank you for these eyewitnesses.
- O Jesus, my faith in your resurrection is based on their testimony.
- All this evidence helps my faith. The stone is rolled away. Your body is not there. The linens are in various places.
- I will run. I will hurry quickly. I must find you.
- Help me to believe.
- O Jesus, I don’t want a world that is empty of your presence.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will renew my faith in the risen Jesus.
+ I will study the scriptures.
Thought for Today: (To recall your meditation.)
The Beloved Disciple saw and believed.