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December 27, 2021

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DG BookGospel: Jn 20:1a & 2-8
Now, on the first day after the Sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark, and she saw that
the stone blocking the tomb had been moved away. She ran to Peter, and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and she said to them, “They

have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don’t know where they have laid him.” Peter then set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb.
They ran together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down and saw the linen cloths lying flat, but he did not enter.
Then Simon Peter came, following him, and entered the tomb; he, too, saw the linen cloths lying flat. The napkin, which had been around his head, was not
lying flat like the other linen cloths, but lay rolled up in its place. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed.



No darkness could still the courage of the one
who loves. Mary of Magdala immediately rushed to the
tomb of the Lord after the Sabbath is finished to wash
and clean His body. She wants to give her Lord and
Master a proper burial despite their precarious position. All
but a few have abandoned Jesus. The religious and
political authorities have all ganged up to kill Jesus. The
masses are mere pawns in this injustice. They are easily
manipulated. But Mary of Magdala pressed on oblivious
of danger. And when she sees the stone rolled, she thinks of
the worst. They have taken the body of Jesus. And so she
ran telling the apostles about it. Immediately, Peter and
the beloved disciple run post haste towards the direction
of the tomb. But John outran Peter. For love is always faster
than authority. But true love respects authority. So John
waited for Peter so that Peter could enter the empty tomb
first. And what they see inside transform them. The tomb
now empty does not signify loss but the birth of hope.


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