Easter, as a gift needs to be processed. Every day we can discover an important, new element of its meaning. Today this crucial detail is hiding between two sentences. Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James have just brought the disturbing news to the apostles…They found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. These are the two sentences. ‘And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.’ ‘Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.’(Luke 24:11-12)
These two sentences of the Gospel have the profoundest gap between them. Let us enter into the silence which fell upon the apostles after refusing the account of the ‘disturbed’ women. Peter enters this thick world of deaf silence and unknown waiting. The moment is important when he arouse and run. Vivaldi’s Gloria captures this sudden emergence into truth… that he must go! Let us give this gift to our souls and join Peter’s experience of the birth of this ‘must go!’ This transformative silence is one of the greatest gifts of our newly born Easter-spirituality! Let us go and contemplate the linen clothes as they are pointers to our Risen Lord! This contemplation offers a further transformative silence…in processing all what have happened to us in Easter!
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..