Monday in the Octave of Easter Reflection

Resurrection Is Mission

The [women] went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. (Matthew 28:8)

When Jesus chooses and calls us, it is not to a “life of leisure.” Being a disciple of Christ means being an apostle, a “Servant of Yahweh,” as He was. The women in today’s Gospel are described as “fearful yet overjoyed.” Their “fear” is one of awe and reverence, for they have just seen two apparitions: the angels and Jesus. How could they not be overjoyed at seeing Jesus alive again?

But the Resurrection experience is not just a personal religious experience. It is an impulse to share the Good News that Jesus has risen and changed one’s life, and Jesus desires to do the same for others. May this Easter week be one of overflowing joy to prompt other people to ask about its source.