THE SECOND STATION: THE DISCIPLES FIND THE EMPTY TOMB
P We adore You, O Risen Christ, and we bless You
A Because by Your resurrection, You have given life to the world
R From the Gospel according to John (Jn 20:1-9)
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Reflection from a letter written by Pier Giorgio to Isidoro Bonini (2/27/1925)
To live without a Faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for the Truth, is not living but is just getting along. We must never just get along but live, because even through every disappointment we should remember that we are the only ones who possess the Truth, we have a Faith to sustain, a Hope to attain: our Homeland.
P Let us pray
A Oh Father, you gave Pier Giorgio the clear vision and sure faith to be able to discern the signs of the Resurrection. Remove from our eyes the darkness caused by pride and egoism and help us to live our earthly lives to the fullest in the light of Your Truth. Amen.