From the Word of the Day
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) (John 20: 1-9)
On Easter morning, the verb ‘run’ gives a dynamic image of those who are attracted by Love for Jesus. A woman is the first to move, Mary Magdalene, who had prepared perfumed oils during the night to anoint her Master. With a decisive gesture of adoration and sorrow, she defies the darkness to reach her beloved as quickly as possible.
Then, called by Mary, even Simon Peter and John run. They see the signs of the Risen One: the stone is rolled away, the burial cloths are well folded, and the face cloths. And finally, they open their eyes and believe. “In fact, they had not yet understood the Scriptures that He had to rise from the dead”.
The reward for a loving search is the encounter with the extraordinary fact that has shocked history of all times.
Rejoice and be glad! The Lord is risen!
The Voice of H. Urs von Balthazar
They all ran and two together! But the other disciple was quicker than Peter and arrived first at the tomb. Both ran as fast as they could, but in the Church, love is always faster than ministry.