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Daily Reflection

 05 April 2021

“Jesus said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

~ John 19:30 ~


The word “run” occurs a few times in St John’s first account of the encounter between the risen Jesus and his friends. Mary of Magdala runs to tell Simon Peter, John and Simon Peter run to the tomb – we are told that John was a better athlete than Simon Peter, he reached the tomb first! There is great haste in the account.

The resurrection of Jesus is not something that anyone can fully comprehend. It is also not something that can be kept confidential. Like us, when we experience something extraordinary, our natural human desire is to go and share what we have seen and experienced with those closest to us. The disciples are just like us. They do the same.

The Gospel of John encourages us to share our resurrection stories. There is an urgency about sharing the ways that God is at work, how God is resurrecting us, bringing about new life in us.

Like the disciples, who visit the tomb, we too are invited to ‘visit’ our lives and see where resurrection is taking place. This could be in many different ways – and may well be the fruit of the Lenten season! It could be a shift in attitude, a recent moment of reconciliation with another, a commitment to doing something new that I see through, owning up to a wrong and taking responsibility, living with more gratitude by being aware of the gifts and the good I do have. When we examine our lives and see signs of new life then we too, like those disciples, have stories of resurrection to tell others.

Take time today to become aware of where there is new life in dawning in your own life. Find at least one area of your life where you can see God at work, resurrecting you. Then take a few moments to be grateful to God.

Lord God,

we thank you
for the
of Jesus,
who gives us
new life.
Give me
the grace
to see where
new life
is sprouting
in my life
I am grateful
that you always
offer me
new life.


Reflection prepared by the Jesuit Institute (@jesuitinstitute)