A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 20:1-9
"On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him." So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. The Gospel of the Lord
Come Holy Spirit, Beloved of my soul, enlighten, guide strengthen and console me, open my heart to the fullness of your love~
"Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed." Wow...what a profession of faith! John can only speak for himself; "he saw and believed." He saw Peter go into the tomb and when he entered after, he must have watched Peter intently. When you know someone well, you know what every look, gesture, facial expression means. John must have sensed something passing through Peter in a profound way by just studying Peter's face. These disciples had been together for 3 years, they knew each other. John had great respect for Peter, (the recognized leader of the disciples) as we know John would neither enter the tomb ahead of Peter when he first arrived there, nor would speak for him, he could only speak for himself: "he saw and believed", John is saying...I saw and I believed ! This is a profession of Faith! Can you grasp even in a small measure, what was passing through their hearts? The Joy, wonder, excitement, mystery, awe, fearsomeness, the mind running and leaping to that assent of Faith!!! Today when we pray the Creed listen with your heart. We begin the creed with the two words; "I believe". Today listen to what your parents or someone spoke for you, on your behalf, the day their belief in Jesus, brought you into the Church, at your Baptism, the day you became an adopted Son/Daughter of our Heavenly Father. Today listen to the words prayed in every Mass, (the Creed), do these beliefs guide your life and guard your life and give life and breath to your soul?
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Edelweiss is the beautiful little white flower, that grows in the high elevations, it is the national flower of the Swiss. Its such a beautiful fragrant little flower with a fragrance something like a lily or hyacinth. It can grow only in high elevations. There is a parallel in our life. There are somethings, that only sprout, grow and flourish in the 'heights' (suffering). Suffering in our life as Christians, can produce very fragrant rare 'flowers' in our souls, and one of them, is LOVE. Suffering teaches us to Love when we cling and cleave to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Mother Teresa always told us this: "I have found the paradox, that if I love until it hurts, then there is no more hurt, only love." and "Never let anything so fill you with pain and sorrow, so as to forget the joy of the risen Lord." Easter Sunday will always come after Good Friday, we must wait on the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, purify me and through life's sufferings, teach me to Love like you! Amen!! Alleluia!!
He is Risen!! He is Truly Risen!!