Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.” Matthew 28:8-10
Today is the day after Easter, but for us Catholics, it is only the start of the Easter season. We get another 50, that is right five-o, days to say Happy Easter. It sounds strange, but yes, the season we have moved into is now the season of Easter. Since Easter is the cornerstone of Catholicism as a whole, why not celebrate for a while?
This also made me wonder, how weird must it have been to be in the tomb, where you know your friend has been laid to rest, and there is nothing. I can only image the angst amongst them, because how crazy would that have been to have that encounter, and would anyone really believe you? You just watched the person you have been following for many months be crucified, and poof… he is now alive again. If this was someone today, we would put them away, and wonder what would have caused someone to go this crazy. I believe that He is still present in our lives today, and that experiences like this still happen. Even if it does sound crazy, I still believe it.
Jesus defeated death itself. The Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, can do whatever it wants. It can appear in any form that He wishes to reveal himself to us. He revealed himself to Mary and the disciples. He still reveals himself to us today, we just have to be ready to listen, and just as he told them do not be afraid. We should not be afraid to have the Lord’s love be cast upon us in any form.