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Lectio: Homily: Easter Sunday 2011


On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, the women went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared.  They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them, ‘Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?  He is not here; he has risen.’    

Lk 24:1-6


  1. As you look at the story of these women,
    see what it reminds you of in your own experience.
    The empty tomb is a bleak place; Jesus is dead. 
    They loved and respected him. Now his body is gone.
    They stand there broken-hearted, bewildered;
    they don’t know what to think.

  2.  The empty tomb may remind us of our own lives
     We find ourselves in situations that upset and confuse us.
     We don’t know what to think.

     The empty tomb may remind us of the economic state of the country.
     This is especially true for people who have lost their jobs
     or have lost their income.
     For them, it is like standing in an empty tomb
     not knowing what to think.

  3.  In the Gospel story, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appear.
          They bring a word from God.
          The first word is a question:
          Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?
          Take this question with you today.

  4. As we stand before the empty tomb of our economy,
    a word from God may say,
    Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?
    The Lord was not in the reckless lending and borrowing.
    The Lord was not in the thoughtless spending that swept through the country.

    Look for him:
    - in the simple living of families who struggle to get by;
    - in relations and neighbours who look out for each other and share what they have;
    - in those politicians and community leaders who create  
      employment  and care for those who are most vulnerable 
    - in the efforts of individuals and groups to create a just world
    - in the generosity of people to the victims of natural disasters.
  5. The empty tomb may remind us of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the present time .Faithful members have a great sensed of loss and grief and anger.
    They stand there looking at their Church; they don’t knowwhat to think.
    A word from God tells them,
    Do not look among the dead for someone who is alive.
    Do not look for Jesus
    in the abuse of power;
    in deference and kowtowing;
    in the hiding of wrong-doing.
    You will find Jesus
    in a church that is humble and contrite;
    in a church that serves and that does not dominate;
    in a church where all members are equal as sisters and brothers and all play their part.

  6. The Easter story invites each of us to recognise the empty   
    tomb within our own selves.
    In each of us there is an empty tomb in which Jesus is not found.
    It is the selfish and sinful part of our own selves
    We will find in it our pride, lust, gluttony, envy and laziness.
    This morning we are invited to renounce all that is in this tomb.       
    At Easter Mass we renew the promises of our baptism
    our promise to live like Jesus;
    to live the life of Jesus
    - a life of faith hope and love;
    - a life of courage, honesty and compassion.

  7. Then at Communion we will receive Jesus himself.
    Jesus will not be found in an empty tomb this Easter morning,
    but in each of us, and among us all here in this church.
    Praise be to God! Alleluia!   


Brendan Clifford


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