by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
Jesus rises in glory from the tomb
They put him to death, hanging him on a gibbet; but God raised him to life on the third day, and allowed him to be clearly seen, not by the whole people, but by witnesses whom God had chosen in advance — by us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. Acts 10, 39-41
Peter, an eyewitness to the resurrection of Jesus, can hardly contain his surprise as he tells the story to anyone he meets. Jesus was raised from the dead!
A cruel death seemed to end everything, but Jesus was alive, risen! The apostle who denied him was forgiven by the Risen Jesus while they ate and drank together on the shore of the Lake of Galilee. A new age of God’s favor had dawned!
The women at the tomb early Easter morning were the first to know, it seems, perhaps because, standing their ground beneath the cross, they clung to hope till the last. Soon the most doubtful disciples, like Thomas, were convinced. No, Jesus was not a ghost or someone they imagined. They touched his wounds with their hands.
The gospels do not describe Jesus coming forth from the tomb, but only his meetings with his disciples, now one, now them all. They, in turn, burning with overpowering belief, told others that they might believe. And so, because they saw and experienced him, we meet the Risen Jesus too. “He disappeared from before our eyes, that we might find him in our hearts,” St. Augustine said of our Risen Lord. Why then envy those who saw him, who knew him face to face? United with the Risen Jesus in baptism, we share his promises made to them. We too can proclaim the same faith:
“On the third day he rose again.”
The Lord is risen from the tomb, alleluia!Christ who was crucified has risen from the dead; he has made us free, alleluia!
Psalm 147, 1-11How good to celebrate our God in song;
how sweet to give fitting praise.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem,
gathers the dispersed of Israel,
heals the brokenhearted,
binds up their wounds,
Numbers all the stars,
calls each of them by name.
Great is our Lord, vast in power,
with wisdom beyond measure.
The Lord sustains the poor,
but casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
with the lyre celebrate our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
provides rain for the earth,
makes grass sprout on the mountains.
Who gives animals their food,
and ravens what they cry for.
Reading: Acts 13, 30-33God raised Jesus from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are now his witnesses before the people. We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our ancestors he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, “You are my son; this day I have begotten you.”
IntercessionsChrist, Son of the living God, in baptism we were baptized together with you;— grant that we may rise with you to a new life.
Through your cross and resurrection you opened to everyone the way to eternal life;— welcome our departed sisters and brothers as they appear at the gate of your heavenly kingdom.
Lord Jesus,out of love for us,
you died and rose again on the third day.
Grant us a share in your victory over death
and in the glory of your resurrection,
as you live and reign with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Illustration: Duk Soon