Today’s readings can be found here.
Just as last week‘s readings allowed us to unpack the various accounts of the Last Supper, this week’s readings, during what is known as the Octave of Easter, allow us to unpack the Resurrection accounts.
On Friday morning someone posed the question to me and some others about the relationship between the placing the Eucharist in the Tabernacle and the tomb. It’s a good a honest question which can lead us to grow in our faith and understanding of the Paschal Mystery. I believe today’s Gospel provides us with an answer.
Note how the women know that Christ is risen, without having seen him yet. They know this by seeing the empty tomb, that alone is proof of the resurrection for them. Their next move is to run. They run away from the tomb, even though it is this great sign, they don’t stay there to contemplate or check it out some more, they run.
Yet, along the way they encounter the risen Lord, and what is their reaction? This time they don’t run, they embrace his feet and do him homage. This is what we do every time we enter a Chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is kept in a Tabernacle.
The women don’t run from the tomb for no reason, rather they do this to share the news with others. So it’s not that the tomb is bad, and the Tabernacle is good. These two things reflect for us two key elements of our faith. On one hand we are called to pray, spend time with Jesus, and grow in a relationship with him. On the other hand we are called to share our faith with others.
Perhaps today’s Gospel can provide us with sort of a check up. How am I sharing my faith with others, or am I afraid? How is my relationship with Christ, am I spending time with him in the most Blessed Sacrament?