Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (R/. 24); Colossians 3:1-4; cf. 1 Corinthians 5:7b-8a; John 20:1-9
John’s Gospel today offers no earthquake, no young men or angels dressed in white, no “He is risen,” and no appearance by Jesus. One might find it rather disappointing when one first hears it. All it offers is Mary Magdelane reporting that the Lord’s body has been taken, and a race between Peter and the beloved disciple to get to the tomb to find it empty. But there is that one line, “He [the beloved disciple] saw and believed,” (John 20:8). Saw what? Believed what?
Some, including St. Augustine, say that he saw the empty tomb and wrappings and believed what Mary Magdelane reported. But others hold for his believing that Jesus had been raised. John’s Gospel is a gospel of signs: water turned to wine, a blind man given sight, a multitude fed with a few loaves and fish, Lazarus raised, and, especially, the sign of Christ lifted on the cross, his “hour.” All are signs of Christ as God’s Word of revelation, God’s love. So if you put an empty tomb and folded burial clothes together, the signs are there to be read. The beloved disciple had Easter eyes. He could read the signs of Resurrection life.
Can you read the signs today?