"You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence." (Ps. 16:11)
"Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed" (Mt. 28:8)
Joy is captivating!
I think joy is very often found in the presence of the beloved. We find comfort, peace, and joy when we are with the people we love. We can be going through difficult or stressful times and still be joyful when we know that we are unconditionally loved. What I think is so beautiful about Easter is that the Risen Christ is present with us. Our earthly sufferings may not magically disappear overnight; but, the fact that He is with us gives us joy that will carry us through.
Reflecting on today's gospel, it is interesting how the disciples were unprepared for Christ's resurrection as they were for His death. The empty tomb made them "fearful yet overjoyed" at the same time. In moments when we feel unprepared for what is to come or what is present, may we remember that we can bask in His presence and His friendship... where there is fullness of joy and the path to life will be ours.
Reflected by Gabriella Karina