Tuesday of Easter Octave
Acts 2:16-41; John 20:11-18
The Gospel tells us today how Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene near his tomb on the third day after his death. There is an unwritten tradition, from very early times that He had already appeared to his Mother who had proved so faithful at his cross on Mount Calvary. He instructed the Magdalene to go tell his brothers that he is “going to his Father and their Father. To his God and their God.” But before his Ascension he met with them in Galilee as we learn from Saint Matthew and from Saint John as well.
We learn from Saint Luke’s Acts of the Apostles that, having taken his place with the Father ,Jesus continued to guide and watch over his followers. “Paul, Paul, why are you persecuting Me? This accusation puzzled the Jewish zealot. He was to learn that our Lord identifies with those who believe and trust him.
To reflect on the Resurrection of our Savior as we do during this Easter Octave is to become more aware of the relationship that continues to sustain us in God’s love and care all the days of our life. This conviction is implicitly implied from the day that Our Lord revealed himself to Mary Magdalene. It eventually takes root in us who put our trusting faith in our risen and glorified Savior.
May our celebration of His triumph over death increase our conviction that Christ lives and reigns in each of us and rules with the Father in the Spirit over all the created world.