Psalm 117

Jesus Christ has strength for his mission.  He comes among us with power and authority.  On the cross, he reigned: risen from the dead, he is Lord forever.   Even when he was being interrogated during his passion it was clear that he was much greater than his torturers. Yes, I am a king.  I was born for this, I came into the world for this [1].  Now, after the resurrection, continuing his mission, Jesus puts his strength at the service of those who seek his help....
‘Tell us, Mary, what did you see upon the way?’ [1]  The first thing, which Mary of Magdala saw, was that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb [2].  She thought, initially, that the grave had been robbed. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’, she said ‘and we don’t know here they have put him.’ [3]   Faith in the resurrection began, for Mary, with an experience of loss. The body of Christ had been stolen, it seemed. He had already been taken away by death...
Saint Augustine speculated that in heaven the glorified bodies of the martyrs might bear some traces of their sufferings. ‘Such scars will not be blemishes’ he wrote, ‘but, rather, marks of honour. Although corporeal they will shine out with a truly spiritual beauty.[1]’  This speculation reminds us of something important about the wounds on the body of the risen Christ.  The marks of his suffering do not detract from his glory but, instead, are part of it.   He showed them...
I have risen and I am with you still [1].   Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and is with us.  He continues his mission to bring us to the Father.  The resurrection leads us to God.   The stone was rolled away and the way, the truth and the life emerged.  The grave-clothes were abandoned and there was a clothing in glory.  Jesus, glorified, is present to us, guiding us towards the eternal life which he has inaugurated. His triumph over sin and death he...