Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia!

Bl. Fra Angelico, the Resurrection of Christ

Gospel of Easter Sunday

Mark 16:1-7
At that time, Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought sweet spices, that coming they might anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen. And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe, and they were astonished. Who saith to them, Be not affrighted; ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: He is risen, He is not here; behold the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples, and Peter, that He goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him, as He told you.

The foot of Saint Mary Magdalene, the first to step into the tomb of the Risen Christ – at San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini, Roma

Notice how she who made reparation to Our Lord for the horrible tortures and death  that was to come by anointing His Sacred Head and bathing His Feet in tears, was to be the first to step into the Sacred Tomb and see that the Lord had Risen, as He said! Alleluia!

Be consoled by this contemplation; this is the Christian life, the Paschal mystery. Let the joy of this Easter season spur you on to a greater love of Christ, Risen with His Holy Wounds, resplendent in their Glory, signs of His Infinite Love for you! Remember the prayers and sacrifices you have made during this holy season of Lent, do not tarry to go and see that Our Lord has Risen. Do not tarry in the resolutions you have made: “I would rather die, than commit one sin!”

Jesus, Risen from the dead, resplendent in Glory, I love you!

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