When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”
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.
I once saw someone wearing a t-shirt with the phrase: “Consider the possibilities . . .” Those ellipsis marks, Dot. Dot. Dot., suggest there is much more to be said. There is so much more to be seen beyond what we can see, reminding us that there is something greater beyond the boundaries of this life.
We, like the women, are invited into the story of our salvation, feeling it in our bones, anticipating resurrection, hearing the angel’s confirmation: “He has been raised. Go to Galilee, there you will see him.” Then we have no reason but to go to Galilee, like the women excited, and with more than a little trepidation to see what God has done.
Something completely, astonishingly new. Then we will see that new life is not just intended for the “next life.” NO, it is a fulfilled promise of an abundance of life. RIGHT NOW!
“Consider the possibilities, Dot. Dot. Dot.”
—Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ, is the Socius of the USA West Provinceof the Society of Jesus.
God of a new beginning,
give me the grace to consider and trust in the possibilities
that are beyond the horizon.
Help me to see and hope in your salvation and new life.
Not yesterday. Not tomorrow.
—Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ
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