Lord, you are the source of all life because you are life itself. Your resurrection gives me the hope of being raised from the dead to rejoice with you forever in heaven. Thank you for your presence in my life. I love you, and I want to follow after you with all my heart. Be with me now and inspire my prayer.
From Regnum Christi,
Petition: Lord Jesus, grant me the joy of seeing my
hopes constantly kindled by your power over sin and death. May the
strength of your resurrection overcome the weaknesses of my human
1. Confusing Signs: Without faith, realities that
should inspire hope and expectation only cause confusion. Jesus’ empty
tomb is the sign of the most complete victory, the most extreme love and
the most powerful presence. Mary Magdalene, Peter and John all see the
empty tomb. But their limited faith needs time to grow and completely
accept the great gift that is offered to them. In approaching the
mystery of God, I must stoke up my faith. Otherwise, what should cause
hope and courage will only wind up becoming a stumbling block for me.
Only a sincere and generous faith in Christ enables me to take the
circumstances of life in hope, confidence and security.
2. Running to the Experience of Faith: Running is an
integral part of this Gospel. Mary Magdalene runs. Peter runs, and John
outruns Peter. Love for the Lord creates a sense of urgency. What they
saw at the tomb could have been seen without running at all. But
promptness is a sign of love for the Lord. If I wish to experience
Christ and the power of his resurrection, I need to have a sense of
urgency in my relationship with the Lord. I must strive to meet him and
give myself to him in my here and now. I can’t wait for the “ideal”
moment. If I don't give myself to Christ now, under the present
conditions, there is no reason to think I ever will.
3. Faith Begins with the Experience of the Senses but Does Not End There: John,
Peter and Mary Magdalene will eventually have an unshakeable conviction
in the Resurrection and become messengers of the Resurrection. But they
first need to see the empty tomb and pick up the wrappings. They would
also need to see and touch the risen Christ. All this would cause
wonderment, reflection, and eventually a growing realization that would
induce faith. God works in the same way in my life. First there are the
lived experiences of my life: people I meet, circumstances I face,
events that occur… Then my wonderment and reflection on what it all
means; Then the slow dawning of faith.
“It is clearly evident that Christ's resurrection is the greatest Event
in the history of salvation, and indeed, we can say in the history of
humanity, since it gives definitive meaning to the world. The entire
world revolves around the Cross, but only in the resurrection does the
Cross reach its full significance of a salvific Event. The Cross and
Resurrection constitute the one paschal mystery in which the history of
the world is centered. Therefore, Easter is the Church's greatest
Solemnity. Every year she celebrates and renews this Event, fraught with
all the prophecies of the Old Testament, beginning with the
"Protoevangelium" of the Redemption, and of all the eschatological hopes
and expectations projected towards the "fullness of time", which was
realized when the Kingdom of God definitively entered human history and
the universal order of salvation” (Saint John Paul II, General Audience,
March 1, 1989).
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, you know how to
prepare your disciples to experience your presence deeply and know you
intimately. I ask today for a deepening in my faith in your
resurrection. Let all the events of my life point me to the truth that
you are alive.
Resolution: I will be prompt in meeting the duties and responsibilities of today, in the truth of the risen Christ.