The Resurrection doesn’t erase our pain and confusion, but it does give us new hope. Christopher Smith, SJ, reflects on Easter Sunday and the Resurrection. Based on the readings for Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022.
There’s an old southern saying: “For every cross there is an empty tomb.” So every day is resurrection day. So Happy Easter, and hello: I am Christopher Smith and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
The interesting thing about today’s gospel is that it seems unmiraculous…at first. Mary alerts Peter and the Beloved Disciple to the fact that the stone’s been rolled from the tomb, and they investigate and find that-indeed-the tomb is empty. Mary is devastated, Peter is discombobulated. Only the unnamed character sees what has occurred the, most important event of all history, Jesus is risen and his resurrection changes everything. The world cannot be the same again.
Our lives are full of moments of devastation and discombobulation. But underneath them all, one fact shines: Jesus is risen. In this light, hope permeates every disappointment and hurt: Jesus is risen, and we will be too. This suffering will not end in death for us. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Alleluia!