Gospel Reflection for March 31/April 7, Easter Sunday/2nd Sunday of Easter: For Jesus’ friends the time after his death and resurrection is a confusing and frightening time. Jesus’ tomb is empty. His disciples do not understand God has raised Jesus from the dead; they do not expect his resurrection and return to them. In the presence of Jesus risen and among them, his friends discover the love of God is more powerful than anything we can imagine.
Key lines: I will be brave/I will not let anything take away/What’s standing in front of me?Every breath/Every hour has come to this/One step closer/I have died every day waiting for you/Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you/For a thousand years/I’ll love you for a thousand more
Questions: How does the story of Jesus’ resurrection give you hope? How do you imagine Mary Magdalene feels when she thinks Jesus is gone and then realizes he is alive and hears him speak her name? Describe the loss of someone you live. How does the promise of Jesus’ resurrection affect how you feel about what happened? Why do you think Thomas doubts his friends’ story? How is Jesus’ resurrection a message of God’s love for us?