Who wouldn’t visit their mom after being away for a while? In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius has us imagine Jesus visiting Mary, his mother, first after the resurrection. Take a moment to imagine the intense joy of this resurrection encounter. Happy Easter!
Jesus is Risen, alleluia!
I’m Fr Joe Laramie and this is my One-Minute Homily.
This Easter we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. For St Ignatius Loyola, the Resurrected Jesus appeared first to His mother. Ignatius describes this scene in the Spiritual Exercises. Though not mentioned in the New Testament, this was a popular devotion in medieval Spain. We might imagine this encounter between the Blessed Mother and her Son.
Mary last saw her Son on Good Friday. His friends wrapped His broken Body in burial cloths and placed Him in the tomb. Mary held Him many times as a boy. She holds him a final time before His burial in the tomb. Three days later, he greets her as the sun rises on Easter.
“Mom. It’s me.”
“Son? Is that you? Is it really you!”
He brings her joy in this glorious visit on Sunday morning. She embraces Him again, weeping again, now smiling through tears of joy.
This Easter, we ask to share in the joy of the Risen Jesus.