Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF
The weeping of the first witness of the resurrection is itself the message. The love and the angst expressed in those tears were worthy of a first hand encounter with the Risen one. In turn she received the unique privilege of being the first herald of the resurrection and first to utter the joyful announcement of the resurrection: “I have seen the Lord and this is what he said to me” (Jn 20:18). Since then, the disciples have ceaselessly communicated this good news of great joy.
The risen Lord revealed to Mary of Magdalene that the truth and glory of the resurrection is seen only in intimacy and in the soul that seeks him with sincerity. In a world of sensations and a life centred on quickly passing realities, the Risen Jesus is no longer seen nor is relevant. Sadly, the message of the power of the resurrection falls to deaf ears and the world falls back to earth bound principles. The empty tomb needs to surprise the world once again and we who contemplate it, need to assist our world in this by our joyful witness of the resurrection.

The inspired words of Pope Benedict XVI tell us more:

“And lo, on the dawn of the day after the Sabbath, the tomb is found empty. Jesus then shows himself to Mary Magdalene…Faith is born anew, more alive and strong than ever, now invincible since it is based on a decisive experience…Jesus is someone in whom we can put absolute trust; we can put our trust not only in his message but in Jesus himself, for the Risen One does not belong to the past, but is present today, alive.”


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