This week we have one of those unusual times in the Church year. Easter is such a major feast that it is given a whole week, so, this week is really a continuation of Easter Sunday. This is done because the Church understands this week as the major feast of the year.
The gospels of all this week continue the story of the resurrection. Today we hear how the women came away from the tomb filled with great joy. On their way they meet Jesus and fall at his feet. It is now that the disciples finally realize who Jesus really is and what he meant when he spoke of dying and rising.
From after the resurrection the disciples dropped the name Rabbi and gave Jesus the new title, “Lord.” Jesus tells the women to go to the others and say that he will meet them in Galilee. The gospel then goes on to record the deception which the Jews decided to put abroad about the resurrection: they still would not believe in Jesus no matter what happened. We can think of a lot of people like that today.
It is amazing the lengths to which people will go to deny the resurrection. How can we be sure that it happened? We can be sure it happened because of the effect that it had on people’s lives, particularly St Peter and St Paul. Peter was a coward who denied Jesus. After the resurrection he was fearless. Paul was a man who hated the new faith: after meeting the resurrected Jesus his whole life changed.
That is the beauty of the resurrection: it changes us when we begin to experience its effects in our lives.