Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 17th


Acts 10; 34; 37-43;
Ps 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23;
Col 3: 1-4 or Cor 5: 6-8
Jn 20: 1-9


On this mysterious and blessed day we read of Mary of Magdala’s discovery of the empty tomb. Peter and the beloved disciple run to explore, see the burial shroud, and depart wondering: “For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” And we wonder as well. On Tuesday we will learn of Mary’s joyous encounter with the risen Jesus. Is this sequence of events not true of all believers? We experience the emptiness of the tomb, and we wonder. We must await our own encounter with the risen One to begin to understand. Here is a prayer poem about my own journey.


I rest in you, assured of such a constant love,
knowing in truth that I know it not.
Clear soul’d silence dwells here and
I am recreated in freshening peace.
You ask only an open heart and a standing still, so still.
I do not understand, of course, sensing only dimly
such bright mystery suffusing our universe.
My faith in resurrection
does not rest outside, you see,
but within.
Because of this grand communioning,
I know God lives
… and so do I.

Personal Challenge

How do you experience Resurrection?

Sister Christine Schenk, CSJ
Cleveland, OH

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