Gospel Reading for March 31, 2013

Gospel – John 20:1-9Easter3

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.


This Easter, may you

Be like the women of Jerusalem, weeping for Christ’s sacrifice.

Be like Simon the Cyrenian, willing to take up your own cross and help with the crosses of others.

Be like Mary and John, staying by the side of Christ on the cross, recognizing Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

Be like the centurion, knowing that without a doubt, truly this is the Son of God.

Be like Mary Magdalene, wanting to be close to Christ and encountering him early at the tomb, and then running to spread the good news to others.

Be like Peter and John, rushing to be with their Lord, believing in his Resurrection.

Be like the apostles, rejoicing in Christ’s victory over death!


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