Gospel Jn 20:1-9

“They ran together”

Mary’s testimony reaches the disciples, and Peter and John run. Could it be?! They could never have guessed that this would or could happen, and yet it meets something deep in their heart of hearts. Until now they had followed him who had met them and had captured their attention. He was one with authority, a presence that was original, new. By his very person he demonstrated a new way to be human, a better and more complete way. They had followed him, hoping to be brought into that fullness of life that they witnessed in him.

They had followed, trusting their hearts – trusting that he was the answer to the question posed by their very existence. But all this seemed to have been destroyed. They witnessed him arrested, tortured and publically executed and were left wondering. Still filled with hope, but now a hope that was perhaps on shifting sand.

And then the news arrives from Mary Magdalene, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’.

What can this mean? Could this be the resurrection of which he spoke?

And so they run. Their hearts almost exploding with anticipation. The earnestness and sincerity of their search, of their desire for fulfilment, to begin again, drives them forward. What will they find?

The absence of the corpse in the tomb can only mean one thing. It more than meets any expectation or hope that they might have and of course, they run – seeking to verify that which they have heard.

They know that the impossible has been made possible.

For us too, as we journey to visit the empty tomb, we are made aware of the reality of the Risen Lord, who reaches out to us, and gives us the capacity to begin anew.

Point to Ponder

‘Ever since the day Peter and John ran to the empty tomb and saw Him risen and alive in their midst, everything can change. From then on, and forever, a person can change, can live, can live anew. The presence of Jesus of Nazareth is like the sap that, from within–mysteriously but certainly–refreshes our dryness and makes the impossible possible. What for us is impossible is not impossible for God. So that the slightest hint of a new humanity, to someone who looks with a sincere eye and heart, becomes visible through the company of those who recognize that He is present: God-with-us. The slightest hint of a new humanity, like dry and bitter nature becoming fresh and green once more.’

Luigi Giussani