In the stillness of morning, I often find a certain clarity of mind that tends to become more elusive as the day unfolds. When springtime days finally warm up, I return to the glider on the screened-in porch for morning prayer and coffee. This is an integral part of my day, as I am alone with my thoughts, the readings of the day, and the LORD. Other than an occasional car driving by in the before-dawn springtime mist, the only sounds I hear are the birds chirping and the squirrels scampering about. It is one of the few parts of the day when I have learned to just be still.
In imagining what that first Easter morning when Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome encountered the angel in Jesus’ otherwise empty tomb, I envision a similar placidity. Of course, once the angel explains that Jesus is not there, but has indeed risen from the dead, there is no more stillness. A flurry of activity begins to take place as the women go and tell the disciples the news, all the while struggling to understand what has taken place.
Are we not, in many ways, like the women who encountered the empty tomb on that very first Easter? Once we encounter the risen Christ after the events of Holy Thursday and Good Friday, our hearts are lifted even though much of the Resurrection remains a mystery to us. This amazing act of love by God for us, through the dying and rising of God’s only son, Jesus, causes our hearts to rejoice and share the Good News with everyone we meet! Alleluia! He is risen!
In the stillness of the morning, in the days and weeks that will follow Easter, I hope to keep seeking conversation with the LORD, and ponder the miracle of Christ’s resurrection. Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome’s lives were changed that morning in the empty tomb. How will you live today as a recipient of this wonderful gift? How will you keep the joy of Easter in your heart? Happy Easter, Friends!