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Today's Gospel: At the Easter Vigil - Mark 16:1-7
The tomb is empty and Jesus has been raised.
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
It is said that death is a terrible enemy, and it wounds all of us in one way or another. Christ was not the least of us afflicted by death, but in contrast, demonstrates to us the necessity of giving our all to our Father in Heaven at all times. We must pray we as well can give over our crosses to God. Such trials are not intended to weaken us but rather, bring us closer to our loving family in Heaven.
There are many examples of the inherent goodness of suffering and, paradoxically, sorrow. It often takes time and patience to recognize its relevance. When we have, for example, the loss of a loved one, or are undergoing other difficult times (i.e. physical, financial or emotional struggles), we recall our reliance on God. When bearing witness to the suffering of others, we can and should reach out to help others during such difficult times. These are the opportunities to act as God's messengers of the Good news.
We can be confident that Christ has already done the heavy lifting for us. He has removed the stone guarding the entrance to the tomb. We should not be surprised (or "amazed"). He will take care of our concerns.
Women, why do you weep?
Christ, help us to love and believe in You at all times, both in our lowest of lows and highest of highs. May we always bask in the joy of that moment in which You appeared and displayed to us eternal life!
Copyright 2021 Alexis Dallara-Marsh
About the Author
Dr. Alexis Dallara-Marsh is a board-certified neurologist who practices in Bergen County, NJ. She is a wife to her best friend, Akeem, and a mother of two little ones on Earth, plus two others in Heaven above.