Margaret A. Farley preaches on the readings for Easter Sunday
Catholic Women Preach
Margaret Farley, RSM, Ph.D., tells us that the role and responses of Mary Magdalene and the women who followed Jesus cannot be underestimated if we seek to understand the meaning of resurrection-Jesus' resurrection and our own.
The women who came to find Jesus did not scoff, did not disbelieve, did not lose hope-and they found him before any others. It was they who first spread the amazing news that has brightened our world ever since-whether in sorrow or in joy. Like these women, we, too, believe and speak in our hearts and voices: "Jesus is risen as he said. Alleluia! He lives and is with us still. Let us rejoice and be glad." Everything is new. It is time for us to Arise and meet the new dawn. VIEW
Today is the feast of Easter. We do not celebrate this feast as if it were only a past event. It is intimately related to our own present lives. It is the center of our hope, the mandate of our proclamation, the source of our joy even in the midst of our sorrows. We hear in our hearts, and we say again and again to one another: “Jesus is risen as he said. Alleluia! He lives and is with us still. Let us rejoice and be glad.” We ourselves experience dying and living, in the unending life of God, in the forever present life of Jesus, and in our deep inklings and hopes of the meaning of resurrection.