Sunday, March 27, 2016


This is a repeat of a post from Easters past. I hope you will think the point is worth repeating, whatever your personal beliefs:

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.  John 20:1

Some people like their Easter services at sunrise, and the bright morning is a favorite image of the Easter story. I like the fact that John's version of this story reminds us that it was still dark when the Magdalene went to the tomb, but the stone had already been removed.

Life is full of moments when it appears dark to us, but the stone has already been moved.  Something important has already happened, but we are not yet aware.

Never assume the stone is still there or will always be there. Life will not be contained. 

Life finds a way. And often life has already found it.

Easter Message: Live!


Susan said...

Truly lovely, Michael, and so definitely worth repeating. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

To Michael and Tom, have a happy Easter and endless years of contented unity together,

With much affection,

W. F.

Ur-spo said...

Help me out here; isn't there a passage somewhere where she laments 'how are we going to move the stone?" and she finds it is already done so? viz. worry transformed into no issue but divine intervention.

Michael Dodd said...

I wrote about the account in John because my reflection was based on the Easter Sunday Mass readings. The version you mention is in Mark, where Magdalene is not alone at the tomb, and the sun has already risen. [Just as the accounts of Good Friday in the four gospels are not the same, neither are the accounts of Easter.]

Mark 16:1-4 -- When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.