Who are you looking for?

This startling question of Jesus to Mary Magdalene haunts us to this Easter Day.

We cannot get our minds around “Resurrection”; we don’t know what Resurrection life is like; we don’t recognize Resurrection life. Like Mary Magdalene we fail to recognise the Risen Jesus. Yet it is the Risen Lord himself who ask u

Who are you looking for? (Jn 20:15)
Beyond all the symbolism, beyond all the ceremonies, beyond all the Easter fripperies, the moment of truth comes in a personal encounter.

This is how it happened for Mary Magdalene. “Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She knew him then”. This is how it happens for us. Only in a personal encounter with the Risen Jesus, only when he calls my name, can I answer “Master!”.

There is an end to explanations, there is a limit to arguments, there is a respite from debates and even a move beyond what reason can cope with. In the personal encounter with the Risen Jesus, the veil falls from our eyes and we are touched by resurrection reality.

When the Risen Jesus touches our lives we know then that he is the one we are looking for.

May the Lord of Glory call your name this Easter day and himself reveal the mystery of Resurrection life. May the light of Easter transfigure our existence. We make our own the conclusion of the great Proclamation of Easter, the Exultet:

“May the Morning Star which never sets find this flame still burning: Christ , that Morning Star, who came back from the dead, your Son who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen, alleluia”

I wish everyone who reads this an abundance of Easter grace and the special joy of encountering the Risen Jesus.

Seán Wales, C.Ss.R


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