(John 20: 1-23)
Death has lost the battle because Christ has risen victoriously. In this image of Jesus’ resurrection we find that Jesus is not the main focal point. Mary Magdalene, who was the first to receive the message of the resurrection, is highlighted. Another important detail to discover is that instead of seeing the face of Christ, his back is turned towards us. These two details bring up important messages of the resurrection. Just as Mary is highlighted in the image, we can come to know that the resurrection is not only proclaimed in Jesus Christ, but also in us. As believers we behold the glory of the resurrection in our words and actions. Going back to the words of John Paull II, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” We are called to bring this message of hope, love, and forgiveness to all people.
As graduation approaches, how can this message of Easter speak to us? We can be reminded of the hope we are given because of the resurrection. So often we succumb to the tomb of our sins, or our heart has become so hardened and sealed with complacency. Christ comes to give new life; a life of joy. Even though many uncertainties lie ahead of us, we are assured that we are called to more. We are also reminded to continue to be a people of hope. Bringing hope of new life to those who feel dead, to those who have lost their way, and to those who find themselves on the margins in our society.
This commentary was contributed by James Gumataotao, a senior Theology major and a member of the Library’s Research Desk team.