John 20:1a and 2-8 Reflection – We Know the Risen Lord

Reflection on John 20:1A and 2-8 ~

If you have lost a loved one, it is likely you have experienced assurance of that person’s spiritual existence for brief moments throughout your life. You might perceive a gentle touch, vivid thoughts, or memories that confirm for you that person is with God in Heaven.  If we allow it, these moments of not holding on to the physical past can strengthen our beliefs of eternal life and Divinity. Like Mary Magdalen, Simon Peter and the disciple Jesus loved, we can say we know the risen Lord.

Mary Magdalene and the Holy Women at the Tomb James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumMary Magdalene and the Holy Women at the Tomb, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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John 20  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Resurrection of Jesus

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 20:1a and 2-8.