Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news. . . (Matt 28:8)
Pope Francis challenges us during the Year of Mercy, “… to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential.” In today’s Gospel, Matthew contrasts the way two groups used their capacity to see what is essential. The guards experienced Jesus’ resurrection, were fearful and chose to take a bribe and hide, rather than announce, their experience. The two Marys, on the other hand, experienced Jesus’ resurrection, were fearful and chose to announce their experience. In doing so, the two Marys met and embraced Jesus and heard his message to let go of fear and proclaim the reality of God’s tender mercy with joy.
How will you use your capacity to see what is essential today?
-Srs. Susan Borgel, CPPS and Charlene Grieshaber, CPPS (O’Fallon)
This reflection comes from the Easter Reflections, prepared by the Precious Blood Family of communities:
Adorers of the Blood of Christ (US Region)
Missionaries of the Precious Blood (Atlantic, Cincinnati & Kansas City Provinces)
Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (O’Fallon, MO)
Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton, OH)
Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon
Easter Reflections is available for printing here.