Scripture: 1st Reading: Acts 2:36-41; Resp. Psalm: Psalm 32:4-5,18-20,22; Gosp. Accl.: Ps117:24; Gospel: John 20:11-18
Mary of Magdala was a special disciple of our Lord. This was a woman whose encounter with our Lord totally transformed and changed her life for good. That encounter made Mary to have a love for our Lord that must have surprised the other disciples of our Lord. It was thus no surprise that one of the best, dramatic and most impressive of our Lord's resurrection appearances was reserved for this special woman of deep faith.
In today's gospel, Mary of Magdala went to our Lord's tomb and not finding Him stayed there weeping. It was in this state of deep agitation that our Lord gifted her with His Risen presence. That encounter completely changed Mary's life. In her excitement at seeing her Lord, she wanted to cling to Him. Our Lord told her not to cling to Him but to go and announce the glad tidings of His resurrection to the other disciples.
Mary thus became a witness to the resurrection. Peter too was a powerful witness to the same resurrection of our Lord. In today's first reading, Peter's testimony was so convincing and full of power that those who heard him were caught to the heart. The word of God spoken by Peter completely convicted them.
The central point of Peter's preaching was that the people should avail themselves of the opportunity God was offering them to be saved and separate themselves from the perverse generation they were living in. The word of God states it clearly: "They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number. As we rejoice this Easter morning, let us also allow the word to convince us so that we can become authentic witnesses of the Risen Lord to the world.
Let us pray: "O God, who have bestowed on us paschal remedies, endow your people with heavenly gifts, so that, possessed of perfect freedom, they may rejoice in heaven over what gladdens them now on earth." Amen
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.