It is Easter Sunday – Alleluia! The Lord has truly Risen! “For Christians it has become the first of all days, the first of all feasts, the Lord’s Day, Sunday:[1]

We all gather on the day of the sun, for it is the day when God, separating matter from darkness, made the world; and on this same day Jesu Christ our Saviour rose from the dead.[2]

Alleluia! The Lord has truly Risen! “It was very early on the first day of the week, and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb.[3]It is not stated that she intended to anoint the body. It is most likely that she went to the tomb out of love and devotion. It was a Jewish custom to visit tombs and graves for three days as it was thought that the spirit of the deceased lingered with the body for a short time.[4]

Alleluia! The Lord has truly Risen! But Mary does not think of this!  She “lacks faith at this point. She is in the dark. But there is hope, it is “early”, the light is coming; darkness is on the way out. Faith is being offered to her soon and not only to her but to all who are in the dark because of sin, alienation, ignorance and death.”[5]

Alleluia! The Lord has truly Risen! We need no longer to stay in the dark, in the darkness of the tomb for we can break out into the light of the Risen Lord. He is there awaiting us. “The resurrection is the foundation of our faith.[6] St. Paul teaches us “If Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.[7]

Despite all the darkness that is in our lives, for example, the terrible affliction of COVID 19, and countless other darkness’s, we can still live in the light of the Risen Lord! We can ask for greater faith and confidence that the Lord indeed has conquered all darkness and is a light, no THE light that shines in our hearts. We have only to open our hearts to Him.

A Blessed Eastertide!

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP



[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church 1274

[2] Ibid., quoting St. Justin

[3] Jn. 20:1


[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] 1 Cor.15:13