Posted: 21 Jul 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag’dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; 5 and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, 7 and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes. 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb;12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rab-bo’ni!” (which means Teacher).17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” 18 Mary Mag’dalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:1-2. 11-18
Reflection: When it comes to observing certain happenings in life, we definitely want a closer look at things.
Our modern gadgets have made things even easier for the inquisitive mind to reach the depth of the story.
But human depth, even if aided by external innovative gadgets, is no depth. It continues to remain superficial and never leads us to the complete truth but may lead us to a level where the majority opinion matters and which remains to be the ultimate truth for us.
Such is the shallowness of human insights into things, because we are able to see only from a single dimension like the seven blind men of Hindustan.
Is it that we can’t permeate the depth of the other dimensions, especially concerning the spiritual reality?
No, we can, Jesus the ultimate truth promises us, through our faith in him, that he will give us the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth. (Jn. 16:13)
Hence Christ Jesus is the beginning from where we need to start and he will lead us to the essential truth of life; truths that will lead us to eternal life and in this life we will definitely be in peace and manifest joy.
For that to happen we should be willing to trust Jesus and take that leap, as if entering the abyss of darkness that surrounds the truth and seems to cover it.
At the tomb we have a similar situation: when the beloved apostle was at the tomb, he could see things from the outside and could have chosen to remain where he is but he still enters into the depth and finds himself believing.
During every praying moment, whether with the word of God or with him with us, we need to watch like the dedicated beloved disciple who at first watched from the outside and then enters and takes the plunge; the Lord with us to assist us we will find ourselves believing.
Prayer: In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on thy precepts, and fix my eyes on thy ways. I will delight in thy statutes; I will not forget thy word. Ps 119:14-16
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