“They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”

For Easter Day we are privileged to be presented with the beginning of the last chapter of John’s Gospel (Jn 20:1-9).  The scene is Jesus’ burial site where we find Mary Magdalene arriving before dawn on Sunday.  Finding the tomb open she runs to Peter and John saying to them the words above.  The two men run to the tomb, John looking in and Peter entering.  Both find Jesus’ burial wrappings but no body.  When Peter leaves John enters the tomb and believes in Jesus’ resurrection as finally he comes to understand the Scripture that foretold this event.  We are fortunate today that, unlike Mary, we have no excuse to wonder where the Lord is.  He can be found really present in the tabernacles of every Catholic church.  While all churches are not open all the time, hopefully there are at least some nearby that are open or have perpetual Eucharistic adoration — we should take the time to find out where they are located and go there when we can or even when it’s inconvenient.  Certainly the weekly obligation to attend Mass gives us the opportunity to not only worship the Lord from afar, but also to receive Him into our bodies.  Frequent confession helps to ensure that we are properly disposed to receive the Eucharist and to receive the most benefit from the graces available in the Sacrament.  If weekday Mass is an option daily, or at least occasionally, count yourself blessed and take advantage of this special grace.  These are opportunities for the most intimate union with Christ available this side of heaven.  But we don’t stop there.  Our goal is to be constantly aware of Jesus’ presence and seek constant union with them.  So we recognize Him in His Word; the Church teaches that we venerate Sacred Scripture just as we do His Body in the Eucharist (Dei Verbum 21) — so read, pray, and meditate on the Bible as often as possible.  From these writings we hear from Jesus Himself that we are to see Him in every person we encounter and thus treat each one accordingly (Mt 25:31-46).  And, of course, He should reside in our hearts, so when someone asks where is this God of ours, we can point to the middle of our chests and declare that our relationship with the Lord is soul deep.  Our thoughts, words, and actions should back up this assertion so that an encounter with us is a chance for others to encounter Christ in a real way.

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