So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.
In the translation of today’s Gospel that we hear at Mass, Mary Magdalene and Mary leave the tomb “fearful and yet overjoyed.”
This sums up the ongoing balancing act of our lives as we are constantly choosing between living our lives by faith and/or allowing fear to hinder us. We are often conflicted. Yet just like Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, we are never alone as Jesus is always with us. We must always relentlessly continue to search for him. This is our act of faith, which will ultimately quell our fears. Are we willing to let go of our fear to embrace him?
“And behold, Jesus met them on their way.” (Mt 28:9, New American Bible, revised edition)
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is Chair of the Theology Department and was recently named Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.
Be not afraid, I go before you always.
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