So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Isn’t good news fantastic? It’s a boy! She said yes! I got in! We have a pope! I got the job! Whether it’s your news or someone else’s, the thrill is infectious. There’s an urge to give it away, and the joy continues to spread. It’s gorgeous.
Imagine then, how awesome (and terrifying!) it must’ve been to see Jesus’ tomb empty. Can you even picture the scene, let alone grasp the idea of an angel telling you that He is risen and you’re about to see Him? How could they even take it! But they go “fearful yet overjoyed.”
Years ago, I was struck by a painting in the Musée d’Orsay, depicting Peter and John running to the tomb on Easter morning, by Eugène Burnand. The energy’s arresting. They look terrified and filled with hope, while the soft colors of morning around them adds incredible warmth and consolation.
When has God shocked you by His presence? Was anyone with you or on your mind? Bring that moment to prayer today. Thank God for it, and ask Him to show you how to spread His joy. Hallelujah!
—Kristin Dillon is a lay minister who has worked with Charis Ministries and Holy Name Cathedral. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Risen Jesus, stir our hearts with joy and hope as we continue to celebrate the grace of Easter. Help me to share the gifts of your risen life with all those I meet today. Amen.
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