Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
April 20, 2014
From your Pastor,
In celebrating Easter today, we realize that the actual time and manner of Christ’s Resurrection is not documented in the Scripture or otherwise. We, like the Apostles and other followers of Jesus, have to believe in the word of Jesus.
From the very first scene, as the women approached the tomb, we must accept as fact their eye-witness account. Grieving, they were there to complete the Jewish burial practice. What a surprise they had when they saw the tomb opened and peered in to see an angel who asked: “Why do you search for the living among the dead? He is risen, as He said.” Another scenario at the tomb, Mary Magdalene asks the gardener: “Where have you taken Jesus?” The gardener simply said, “Mary”, and at once she recognized His voice. Jesus then tells her to go to the Apostles and tell them.
In another passage, Peter and John run to the tomb, just to find it empty and the clothes rolled up neatly. Later, Jesus appears to the Apostles in the upper room. Then, on the journey to Emmaus, two downtrodden disciples meet Jesus, who tells them the Scriptures concerning Him. But it is only in the breaking of the bread and sharing of the cup, that they recognize Jesus and then rush back to tell the disciples what they experienced.
We may not have proof of the actual event, but we do have plenty of proof that it actually happened through the eye-witnesses of His followers. As the eye-witnesses learned, it takes faith to see the risen Jesus.
All of us know what a butterfly looks like, but we sometimes forget that the butterfly was one of the early symbols of Christ’s resurrection. The cocoon symbolizes His tomb; coming out of the cocoon symbolizes His resurrection. Just as the caterpillar went into the cocoon one way and came out another way; so did Jesus. Have a blessed and joyous Easter.