Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 12 April 2020
Acts. 10:34a,37-43; Ps. 118:1-2,16ab-17,22-23; Col. 3:1-4 atau 1Cor. 5:6b-8; John 20:1-9 or Mat. 28:1-10
The Easter story was begun by a great woman. Mary of Magdala was the first one to arrive at the tomb of Jesus. The first day was a sign of hope and a new beginning, like the day when God created the universe. However, the “still dark” in the morning was also a symbol of the darkness of her heart. She just saw the tomb of Jesus from outside. Her focus was still on the grave and corpse. For her, Jesus had died and merely a corpse. Therefore, when she saw the stone of the tomb was moved away, the conclusion was clear: Jesus’ body had been moved or stolen! What a shallow perspective, a hasty conclusion! Why? Because Maria was expecting to visit a corpse, not to meet the glorious Lord.
Peter and the Disciple whom Jesus loved ran to the tomb. For some reason, Peter was less fast. Definitely, the one who loved more, arrived faster and found the Beloved. Unlike Mary of Magdala who just saw from outside, the disciple whom Jesus loved looked inside. But he did not want to rush in. Before the mystery of the empty tomb and the linen cloth, he chose to stop. Peter finally arrived and went straight into the tomb. That’s very typical of Peter: act fast, less reflection! He saw the linen cloth and face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head had been rolled up in a place. He testified that the body of Jesus could not be moved or stolen. A thief would not waste time to unwrap and fold the linen and face cloth before taking Jesus’ body away. There was rumor and accusation that the body of Jesus was stolen or moved by His own followers. The testimony of Peter, the main “witness”, is very important to deny such a “black campaign”.
The disciple whom Jesus loved finally entered the tomb. After pondering outside the tomb, he was ready to see and believe. It is clear that his faith becomes the climax of the story. His love relationship with Jesus enabled him to look deeper. He was able to “see through” and read the mystery. Every thing is a sign from the Beloved. The empty tomb, the linen cloth and face cloth, are no longer the signs that Jesus’ body was stolen or not, but an evidence that the Beloved has risen.
Having faith in the risen Christ is difficult. It’s easy that I just stop at the liturgy, thinking that it’s all about ceremony and party. In fact, the empty tomb challenges me to run with the disciple whom Jesus loves. Longing and hurrying to seek for Him. Stop and ponder before the mystery of His grave. Seeing and believing that He is truly present in a new way to my life, in my neighbor, in any creations, events and my experiences. That is the “ideal” faith of Easter. Thank God that the Disciple was never given a name. Why? So that you and I can continue to strive in resembling him: the disciple whom Jesus loves. The question is: have I loved, seen and believed like him? Happy Easter!
(Hortensio Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)
DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER
Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.
Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:
For Evangelization intention:
Helping those who are addicted: May our brothers and sisters who are suffering from any addictions be able to get help and assistance. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Creating the culture of reading: May the church be willing to seek for concrete means to train Catholic families in supporting and enhancing the culture of reading literacy. We pray…
Bless the people in our Diocese: for the women and children to experience and carry out justice in the family of the Church and society. We pray…