Homily (Reflection) for Easter Tuesday (Octave of Easter: Tuesday) (18th April, 2017) on the Gospel

Acts 2:36-41;
Ps 32:4-5.18-20.22 (R. v. 5);
Jn 20:11-18.
Topic: Continue searching.
Today’s gospel follows that of Easter Sunday (Jn 20:1-9). Verse 10 tells us that Peter and John returned to their homes after seeing the empty tomb without seeing the Lord. But Mary stayed back weeping outside the tomb. It was during this period that she saw two angels inside the tomb and later Jesus Himself whom at first she thought to be a gardener. When she recognized Him, Jesus said to Mary, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”
The story would have been different if Mary had left with others. It was not easy remaining at the tomb all alone. In like manner, it is not easy for one to follow a course irrespective of other’s views. However, it pays. Hence Jesus warns, “...he who endures to the end will be saved” (Mk 13:13; cf. Matt 10:22; 24:13).
Let us follow Mary’s example and search for what we want calling on the name of the Lord because “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom 10:13). So, do not stop searching until you find what you are looking for.
Bible Reading: Rom 10:5-17.
Thought for today: Let us continue for God’s salvation will soon come, cf. Is 56:1.
Let us pray: Risen Lord, grant us all our good heart desires through the power of your resurrection – Amen.

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