The Resurrection

Matthew 28: 1-10
Rom 6:3-11 / Psa 118

Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.
(Matthew 28:5-6)

Like the rising of the glorious sun,
We see the fulfillment of God’s plan:
All of His promised works have been done,
Risen for the salvation of man.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So they hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell His disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” He said. They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:1-10)

Reflection

Today is Holy Saturday, once known as Black Saturday, commemorated as the only day when God as man was dead. The only account related about this day is found in Matthew, where the chief priests and Pharisees requested Pilate to post guards at the tomb, “lest His disciples steal the body and say to the people ‘He has been raised from the dead’” (27:62-66). Strangely, this day seems to have no significance at all, since the Gospel account for today talks about an event that will happen tomorrow!

Our Gospel today is about the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the version of the apostle Matthew. It is quite different from the version of the apostle John, which is the Gospel for tomorrow (Easter Sunday). The Resurrection account in fact is related for four successive days, as if to emphasize the importance of the Resurrection as the day that God’s Plan for mankind’s redemption has finally come to realization. Christ, the Son of Man has risen! And in His Resurrection, man has finally been freed from death and destruction. Easter is so important that it is celebrated for seven weeks until Pentecost. In fact, today is already a part of Easter, because the day of Christ’s death is the start of mankind’s salvation! This day then is not a time for mourning. It is a time of preparation for the big day tomorrow. Praise God for the coming Light of the RESURRECTION! The stone has been rolled away, a new life awaits … prepare to celebrate!

Let us shed our obsession with material things and temporal concerns, which make us children of this world rather than “sons of the resurrection” that we ought to be. St. Paul said, “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all” (1Cor.15:19). But if today we have come to see the completion of God’s plan in the Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, then we have every reason to rejoice! A Happy and blessed Easter to all!

We Praise You, Father God and Adore You, for You have emptied Yourself out for us through the pains and death of Your Beloved Son, so that we may have Life Eternal! Amen.

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