He saw and believed…
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the entrance. She ran 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!”
Peter and the other disciple both ran to the tomb. When Simon Peter arrived, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered the head of Jesus not lying 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. (Jn. 20:1-8)
Let us run with Peter and John to the tomb and, upon entering it, may we too see and believe. Today we celebrate the reason for our belief: God has defeated sin and death and opened a new reality for us. The Risen One, victorious over death and grief, makes a gift of himself to us so that we may regain hope and sing with joy through our tears.
We shall not die! Instead, we shall live together with the One who rose from the dead. There is no greater proclamation than this: the Lord of life was dead, but now he is alive, triumphant!