Sunday 21 April 2019

About Today Readings


Acts 10:34, 37-43. Psalm 117(118):1-2, 16-17, 22-23. Colossians 3:1-4 / 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. John 20:1-9

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad – Psalm 117(118):1-2, 16-17, 22-23. 

‘She ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple.’

Mary Magdalene runs to Simon Peter and the disciple Jesus loved. She arrives as a witness to a confusing scene from the early morning darkness: ‘they have taken the Lord out of the tomb.’

Now Peter and John run together to the tomb. There is a stunning immediacy to this scene, as the disciples yearn to see with their own eyes what Mary Magdalene had proclaimed to them. On seeing the tomb with ‘the linen wrappings lying there’, John ‘saw and believed’.

What an absolutely provocative event this is, filled with movement and drama! We have Mary Magdalene running, carrying the news of a troublingly empty tomb. We have two more disciples running there. We have cloth and linen from Jesus’ own person ‘rolled up in a place’. The story staggers towards hope and belief – is there more to come?

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