“They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” John 20:2
During the distribution of the Eucharist, I have been sitting behind the altar in the prayer area by the tabernacle. It is a nice area to sit and pray, especially after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. On Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, I was struck by the tabernacle and that the doors were open and it was empty.
During prayer, I felt God’s love radiating like rays of sunshine from the open doors of the tabernacle and there were obvious similarities with the Easter readings of an empty tomb. From where I was praying I could look out and see people on the choir side of the Church receiving Eucharist. The sight of old, young, and in between coming up to receive God’s love in the Eucharist made me think about how last year we were not able to celebrate as a community and come forward to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. This awareness of how far we have come over the last year moved me to tears and made me realize there is nothing that can constrain God’s love.
This time of prayer led me to the realization that this is what the Easter readings are all about. God’s love cannot be constrained by hate, greed, violence, and human sin. Death and a tomb could not bottle up God’s love. In the resurrected Christ God’s love bursts out for all. God desires to return to that beautiful time in the garden where God walked with humanity in peace and harmony. Jesus shows us that we have a God that wants to be among us with a loving and forgiving presence.
Many blessings on this Easter season, he has risen!!!!
Peace, Love, and Blessings