“When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” (Mark 16:1-8 NRSV).
Every Easter when I hear and/or read the words, “He has been raised; he is not here” I get goose bumps. These are the most beautiful words read on Easter Day. It is these words that allow our tongues to be let loose to sing the Alleluias that we couldn’t sing during Lent.
When we contemplate the words, “He has been raised; he is not here” what do they mean to us? How do we respond in our hearts to those words?
I cannot say what they mean to everyone. Each person responds to the Word differently. I can offer some thoughts about what they mean for me.
“He has been raised; he is not here” tell me to let go. Let go of my self insecurity and trust in Jesus. I am reminded of what St. Benedict wrote in Chapter 7 of The Rule about humility. Jesus showed me how to let go in His death. In His Resurrection, Jesus shows me that letting go is possible and gives me hope. I do not have to do it myself, in fact, it is not all about me. Letting go is not only possible because of the Resurrection, but I have every reason to do it. Even when it is really difficult. In the death and resurrection of Jesus, I am never alone and I always have hope.
What does the news of the Resurrection mean for you?
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB