Alleluia! Faithful Love Rewarded

Easter Reflection by Sr. Marie Lucey, FAN director of Advocacy and Member Relations

This reflection was originally published in our March 30th newsletter.


We have traveled the Lenten road of prayer, fasting and almsgiving with greater or lesser degrees of Ash Wednesday resolve. We walked the Way of the Cross on Friday, waited with anticipation on Saturday, and now our hearts and voices cry out with joy, “Alleluia!” In our liturgical rituals we move from entombment to release, darkness to light, sadness to gladness, death to life, but we cannot fully capture the shifting emotions of the first disciples, especially the women.


The dramatic Gospel accounts of Resurrection feature women. The protagonist, the risen Jesus, is offstage for a moment. “On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning…” recounts John. In Mark’s account during the Easter Vigil, “…Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices” to anoint him very early in the morning. Foolish women! How could they roll back the stone? Love, not practical reasoning, compelled them. They had been faithful, following Jesus all the way to the cross on Calvary, as did John, and now their fidelity was rewarded. They were the first to see the empty tomb and receive from the angel the mission to announce the astounding news to the other disciples. Mary Magdalene was the first to be greeted by the risen Jesus. The women ran to tell the acknowledged leader, Peter, but as they conversed afterward was their joyful excitement enhanced because their faithful love was amazingly rewarded?

The Easter story is, of course, a risen Jesus story, and through him, our story-all of us, women and men who try to follow him. The Gospel featuring of the women, however, can provide encouragement to all those who continue to wait in hope for resurrection in their own lives. Surprise! He is risen! Alleluia!

Sr. Marie Lucey
FAN Director of Advocacy and Member Relations

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