Acts 10:34,37-43; Col. 3:1-4; John 20:1-19

The Lord is risen, brothers and sisters, alleluia!

On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead as he had said to his disciples. And we have, in John’s gospel that would be proclaimed today, the figures Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter, and “the other disciple whom Jesus loved.”

Approaching the tomb of Jesus, Mary noticed that the stone had been removed—so she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciples, reporting to them what she saw. The male disciples ran to the tomb and went inside, finding the burial linen and the cloth covering the head neatly rolled up. The other disciple believed. We are called to believe in the resurrection, and also believe in life.

But the gospel is also clear that “they did not yet understand the Scripture that [Jesus] had to rise from the dead.” They were probably overwhelmed by the turn of events. But Jesus knew his disciples. He would reunite with them to teach and train them again in the coming days.

Brothers, this is the beginning of the Easter Season. It’s a time for us to reflect on the Lord’s resurrection, which, as we shall see in the coming days and in the experience of the disciples, brought about change in their lives, discipleship, and witnessing.

The stone has been rolled back by God and we are to open the door for a new life, a transformation, a transfiguration.

That first Easter, the stone of sin separating the world from God was rolled back. This Easter, what remains for us to open the door to the new life in Christ? Open the door, Christ has lots to show you and to give you.