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The Gospels proclaimed at Easter begin to show us how the first disciples came to know and experience Jesus as risen from the dead. The disciples found the tomb empty three days after Jesus’ death. However we are told that they do not yet understand the Scriptures, nor that Jesus has been raised from the dead. That understanding gradually unfolded for them as they began to experience the risen Lord. In our lives, our understanding of Christ’s Resurrection unfolds over our lifetime. Sometimes we find it easy to accept the truth of Christ’s Resurrection. Sometimes we face a time of doubt and skepticism. With God’s grace, we return again to an acceptance, in faith, of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead.  In the weeks ahead, we will hear how the first disciples moved from confusion, through doubt and skepticism, to full faith. Their experience can teach us how we, too, might receive this gift of faith from God.
Gather your family, perhaps grandparents and extended family members,  and ask them to share what they
know about the events that happened in the days after Jesus’ crucifixion. Invite everyone to imagine that they are among Jesus’ first disciples.
Read together John 20:1–9.
Reflect together on the Gospel with questions such as these:
  • If you had been among the first disciples who heard that the stone had been removed from Jesus’
    tomb, and Jesus’ body was no longer there, what would you think?
  • What did Mary Magdalene, Peter, and the Beloved Disciple think had happened?
Recall that this is the first of many experiences that Jesus’ first disciples had in the days after his death. Throughout the Easter season, we will learn more about how the disciples came to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.

Pray together using Psalm 118.
Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.
People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.
As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.
People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.
April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.
“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”
Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.
“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.
The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.
“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.
“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.
“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.
And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.
But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!
The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!
Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!
It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
“Just how can it be?”
“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”
Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
And what happened then?
Well....the story’s not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?
The churches are empty - but so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.
So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.
May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the Church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that -
Let it start a revival.