April 2, Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. — Psalm 33:5
Mass Readings: Acts 2:36-41/John 20:11-18
‘Why Are You Weeping?’
There’s a lesson in today’s Gospel about grief and the power of storytelling. For the question asked of Mary by the angels at the tomb and then by Jesus himself — “Why are you weeping?” — confronts anyone who has lost someone dear to them. And the question can sound like an accusation: “Don’t you understand He is risen? You should be happy!” Or, “Stop wasting time with tears. You need to move on.”
Jesus tells Mary neither of these things. He asks her to tell what she has heard and seen. She did, and the evangelists did after her. And somehow in the telling, the grief of Good Friday was transformed into a message of love that conquered loss and transformed the world. Grieving comes from love. But when you’re ready, tell the story.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to make the ones I loved known to others.
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