The word that stands out in the Gospel today is “Amazed!”
The women learn of Jesus’ Resurrection and they are amazed. They share the news with the Apostles, who doubt their story, but they are still amazed. Peter runs to the tomb only to find it as the women said, and he is amazed. But the amazing thing about this Resurrection Sunday’s Gospel reading is that Jesus himself does not appear to anyone. Did you notice?
This my dear friends is why we have Easter egg hunts. For children it’s a fun, exciting, Amaaaazing activity. And so it should be for adults.
As Jesus reveals his Resurrection to the Apostle through angels and the amazement of others, so do little children reveal the excitement of Easter through their enthusiasm and joy. They find brightly colored eggs in the grass, a symbol of the rising sun, in turn a symbol of the Risen Son.
Do we see Christ in the face of our sisters and brothers on Easter Sunday? We should. We should also reflect that joy through our own bright smiles. This is how we spread the Good News of the Resurrection.
On Good Friday, this idea came to me as I witnessed teen missionaries carrying a large cross and asking for prayer intentions in the streets of New York. Please take 2 minutes to watch the video I made from the event and you will see what I mean.
Surrounded by a world of commercialism and materialism, they carried the cross of Christ, a sign of their faith and courage. Simultaneously, they bore witness to the joy of their faith through their kind, happy faces and bright smiles.
Many people they encountered responded with similar joy, some asked for prayers, while others flatly rejected them. The missionaries’ conviction was constant for the whole 3 hours while they evangelized the streets of New York carrying the cross. I saw it and was amazed!
The message of today’s Gospel for me today is a hidden one. Like an Easter egg, you have to look for it, while it’s right there, right in front of your eyes, shining brightly like the sun:
“You are the light of the world! You are the salt of the earth.”
Your family, friends, and neighbors will know that Christ is Risen because of you. Let your smile, your joy, your enthusiasm be the sign that Christ lives in you, and let them be amazed!