Surprises at the tomb LUKE 24:1–12
Sing Alleluia! The Lord is risen! “We are an Easter people and ‘Alleluia’ is our song” (St Augustine of Hippo). Today is a day of great joy, as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. Jesus defeated sin and death. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1Pt 2:24). Usually on Easter Sunday, we read from the Gospel of John. However, today’s reflection is based on the Gospel of Luke (Easter Vigil Mass).
After the Jewish Sabbath, some women gathered early in the morning to anoint Jesus’ body with spices. They journeyed to the tomb out of love but were bereft of faith. Their faith was crushed when Jesus was crucified. Sometimes our faith is shaken because of sickness, the death of a loved one, a failed marriage, discrimination, breach of trust and loss of a job. Nevertheless, we walk tenaciously with the hope that things will get better.