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John 20:2-8

So Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.

John 20:2-8
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    • The first hints of the resurrection of Jesus are graphically set out here. The participants are confused; they run; they look into the tomb. They see the linen body wrappings; they see the cloth which had been on Jesus’ head now carefully rolled up. No grave robbers would take such care! They see, and believe. It is all so delicate!
    • Risen Lord, help me to see beyond the obvious and understand your ways. You show me you are alive and active in my moments of glad discovery, in touches of gladness, in enriching encounters, in the kindnesses of others. Always you come delicately. ‘I greet you the days I meet you, and bless when I understand’ (G. M. Hopkins).
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    • John describes how the disciple saw and believed. However, John later points out that it is not enough for us to believe, we must spread the good news, as he himself did: ‘We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete’. Notice that sharing good news brings joy to the sharer as well as to the receiver. Do I experience this?
    • Mary and the other women found an empty grave on Easter morning. Lord, do I, too, seek you among dead things?
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    • This gospel for St John's feast refers to him only as /the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved./ It is a moment of unalloyed joy, as John and Peter grapple with the fact of Jesus risen from the dead. They move from concern with burial cloths and an empty tomb, to a realisation that death had met its master; the one whom they loved was with them for ever.
    • The two disciples "saw and believed". Can I allow myself to be drawn into the same response of faith?
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    • This gospel for St John's feast refers to him only as /the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved./ It is a moment of unalloyed joy, as John and Peter grapple with the fact of Jesus risen from the dead. They move from concern with burial cloths and an empty tomb, to a realisation that death had met its master; the one whom they loved was with them for ever.
    • The two disciples "saw and believed". Can I allow myself to be drawn into the same response of faith?