Today’s readings: Acts 19:34, 37-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23, John 20:1-9, Colossians 3:1-4
The tomb was empty. Mary of Mandala was the first to see the stone moved. She ran back to Peter, to the disciple Jesus loved and cried out in agony. Believing he was stolen, being abused even in death her grief was raw and real. Peter, hearing the news took off with his friend and when they got there he is the one who heads in first. He wants to see what has happened. As he steps inside he sees the cloth laying there and things start to become clear. What might seem to others emptiness is instead revelatory for him. He feels no grief, only understanding and peace.
This is what Jesus had meant.
This is what he had been saying.
He had risen from the dead.
Jesus was alive!
His once empty heart is now full. Peter now understands…
May we too this day understand. May we see the empty tomb. May the joy and hope that is offered fill our empty hearts to bursting so that our lives may be a living example of light and peace to those we meet. May we meet together today at the empty tomb and know that in God everything is possible.