Mary of Magdala, Peter and the Other disciple whom Jesus loved were the first ones to witness Jesus’ Resurrection. Their minds could not understand the whole reality that unfolded before their very eyes for they didn’t understand at all Jesus’ words telling them before he died that, “He will rise from the dead.” It was only later that their minds gradually opened up and understood this incredible Truth through Jesus’ personal appearance to them on several occasions.
Jesus’ Resurrection is not only an extraordinary event of His life but the greatest news and message of all time to all humanity that gives deep meaning and direction to our lives. It’s only through Him, with Him and in Him can we have eternal Salvation. Furthermore, the Lord did not only rose from death to new life but He also shares that life with us. His mercy took away our unworthiness and made us partakers of His glory.
The story of Jesus’ Resurrection is also our story. It was to a great sinner like Mary Magdalene and not to the intelligent and elite class in Jerusalem whom the Lord manifested the reality of His Resurrection. In many ways, we can relate to her whom the Lord showed compassion and mercy for we too have indulged in things that are displeasing and despicable to God yet He continues to forgive us. Mary Magdalene went quickly to announce the news to the other disciples. We too have been blessed by the Lord in many ways. Let also share our blessings with others especially the poor and the needy. Let us encourage someone who is losing faith on God or going through a tough time in life that He is always there for us. Jesus welcomes everyone to his merciful heart. It is not really about who we are, what we are or what we have done, but about Him, the merciful and compassionate Lord who loves us selflessly and unconditionally.
On the flip side, someone said that people can touch your life for a brief moment but will leave a lasting imprint in your lifetime. I know of some people who really try their best and are not discouraged by setbacks. How true what someone said that the little things we do to others today occupy the biggest part of their hearts? Though our life’s challenges are hard, let us always do the best we could, and even if we fail, let’s keep on for God sees us our patience, our resilience and our persistence. We all know that life on this earth is not forever but short. Let’s spend it wisely and with people who make you laugh and feel important.
Upon waking up in the morning make it a habit to think of something positive and encouraging for that can change and inspire your entire day. Each person is related to someone in one way or the other and to maintain good relationships it does a lot of good to appreciate our similarities and respect our differences. Someone said that the devil doesn’t come to you with his ugly, red face and scary horns. Rather he comes to you disguised as everything you’ve ever wanted. Don’t give your heart to money and material things for they will never satisfy you. Let us resurrect from our bad old ways into a new good self. Amen on that folks! HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!
In her Diary entry No. 324, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “There is but one price at which souls are bought, and that is suffering united to My suffering on the cross.”
Pray the Divine Mercy prayer every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace in the world.