Devotional Thoughts for Easter -“Our Lord is risen- yes indeed.”
Reading: From the Gospel according to St. Matthew 28: 1-20
Dear and Respected Brethren,
“Our Lord is risen- yes indeed.”
In today’s reading we read about an angel who was sitting on the big stone, which was used to close the tomb of our Lord. St. Matthew tells us that there was a terrible earth quake near the tomb before the arrival of Mary Madeline and the other Mary. Why the angel might have been waiting there? It is very clear that God Almighty had assigned the angel to covey the happy news of the resurrection of Lord Jesus from the tomb to the women. Though the keepers of the tomb were exactly like dead men due to fear, both the women did not get scared or frightened. Our God confirms that He will take care of one and all who might care Him and His wish. In verse 5 and 6 we read, “And the angel answered and said unto the women, you fear not, for I know that you seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come and see the place where the Lord lay.” The angel had pre-intimation about what to talk to the women. This is the proof that our Lord God would send angels for our protection and guidance, provided we would live Him and do His will, as far as we could. Our Lord knew that those two ladies would reach the sepulchre. And hence He could instruct the angel what to do. Let us believe that in times of our needs, our Lord God would send His angels for our support and rescue.
As and when the Angel told those ladies to convey the message to the Disciples, they departed from there in haste. They did not doubt the words of the Angel, whom they never seen before. If we were there in the place of those two ladies, what would have been our response? If we think about it, it would be quite interesting to see the result of the search. By the time the ladies reached the Apostles, they got and audience with our risen Lord Jesus with the consoling word ‘Hail’ or ‘Peace’. The divine peace is entirely different from the worldly peace. The divine peace is an experience of being with Lord God. Almost all Apostles had ran aloof from the presence of the Cross on which our Lord was crucified. But they all had gathered together soon. In verse 9 we read, “They came and held him by feet, and worshipped Him.” We could have the peace from our Lord God, provided we would meet together at His feet and would worship Him. Lord Jesus also requested them to convey the message of the resurrection to the Disciples. Our Lord is willing to grant us also His divine peace. Let us be linked to His will and plans.
Wish you all a very happy and blessed Easter. May God be pleased in our words, deeds and thoughts. \
May God bless us all.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril