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Sunday's gospel

Resurrection’s Sunday
The Resurrection

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.

Meditation
When this text of the Gospel written by Marc is read in the church, we know that it is Resurrection time; a feast that reveals to us how God does interfere in History; a feast which makes God always present with us; a feast which transforms our daily life and its end. Thus we get attached to the Resurrection’s idea and our thoughts go towards God. We are aware that thanks to Him our temporal life is marked by an eternity which goes along it starting from this earth and from each single moment of our daily life. Our meditation is focused on the reality of Resurrection and on the way to live it daily.

Jesus is really resurrected
We declare the reality of Resurrection with the believers of the first Christian groups and with the inspired Evangelists who expressed the faith of these groups. We cry out and we confess that God has really suffered, he was really crucified, and he was really dead and really resurrected. Thus Jesus the Savior defeated death and taught us that He’s stronger than death and all its forms.
The Church’s faith, through generations, was referred to the experience of the first Christian groups, to the experience of the women who truly knew that Jesus suffered, that He was crucified, dead and resurrected. It is a truth which changed the world and humanity. It is an objective truth of faith which each believer knows the authenticity and realizes that it is through his faith he joins the last, actual and coming generations which recognizes Jesus the crucified, the dead and the resurrected Lord.
It’s a faith which recognizes the power of God, god of humans. It’s the power that God proved in History since the first page that we know i.e. since the Creation and the Genesis. The Resurrection’s event confirms a procession which took place since the Creation and is still going on until the end of the world. It is the procession of God who interferes in History according to His wisdom and will, revealing thus His charity and His changing to humans’ history when “He sees it proper”.

Living Resurrection
Among the many experiences of the believer, we note the fact of being pleased with thinking about his subjects related to faith or to talk about them without materializing their real vital meaning. Each objective truth related to faith depending on itself, is a tight elementary relation in the believer’s life. The truth of the Resurrection is so. Jesus Christ has resurrected and defeated death teaching us that death has no power on us, but we are the sons of life. Everyone can wonder how many times he lived this truth, the truth that nobody or nothing in this world can defeat the real believer for he counts on the Lord. Jesus wants us to live His resurrection in all its dimensions and to make it proper to us through getting united with Him.
The believer continues with a pleasant daily effort his engagement to the situation he chose as a husband or wife, a father or a mother, a monk or a sister, a priest or a worker or any other situation. He will know that God blesses his efforts and his perseverance. The real believer is the one who realizes that the life of man is limited and mixed with the cross and that the lack of joy is issued from the limitation of man, the world and life on earth. However, he knows that injustice, inequity, harshness and crisis do not decide the future of man but the resurrection and glory with Jesus are the situation lived by the believer. The believer is the one who knows how to contribute in the development of life’s civilization or that of resurrection wherever he goes, in himself first and then in others. Nobody or anyone in this world can defeat a believer armed by the unity with God. This is living the Resurrection. This is the concretization of resurrection’s truth in daily life so that man can live it in life after the corporal death.