Luke 23:56b – 24:11 (NRSV)
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
What terrifies you? For many parents, myself included, we are terrified of losing our children. We are terrified of not being able to meet all of their needs. We live in a world that reinforces this fear. We hear how children are abducted, we get Amber alerts on our phones, and we are told to be very wary of strangers. We live in a world that is constantly afraid – afraid of change, afraid of strangers, afraid of just about anything.
This Easter gospel lesson from Luke meets all of our fears head on. No matter how deep we are into darkness, no matter how scary the world is, God takes our hand and looks at our fears head on. I must constantly remember that fear can paralyze me. Fear can actually inhibit me from loving my family.
May you reach out to the risen Lord and face all of your fears.