A reading of the holy Gospel according to Jn 20:1-9
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went 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.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not 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.For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
"He saw and believed".
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead."
Khristós anésti! – Alithós anésti! Christ is Risen! – He is Risen Indeed!
Peter and John saw and believed. Remember, they had not understood the Scripture but they could now see that the Lord was not there. Seeing made them believe and they, in turn, understood. They would go out and tell the world that Jesus is indeed God.
Their minds were opened. Soon they would find the courage to tell the whole world of their Lord. The Resurrection was the pinnacle of redemption. His Resurrection brought life to the dead and the promise of life everlasting with God. The Victor is Jesus Christ who has defeated death. He invites us to follow Him.
Jesus left us the Mass and the Holy Eucharist—His Body and His Blood-- on Holy Thursday and with the Institution of the Priesthood, the priests continue His redemptive work.