1 - The earthquake

O sing to the Lord a new song

All        for he has done marvellous things.  Alleluia.

 

Bible reading - Matthew 28:2-4

Suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.

 

Reflection

None of those who encounter the resurrection on the first Easter Day take it in their stride.  It is a frightening and disturbing occurrence.  The battle-hardened guards shake with terror and become like dead men - petrified and frozen.  The earth is shaken by it to its foundations, such is the dramatic nature of what is taking place.  The presence of the angel is code for this being the work of God.  Earthquakes and lightening remind us of the presence of God on Mount Sinai at the Exodus - we have here God’s classic calling cards.  The removal of the stone makes us think that Jesus is going to be released like a captive from prison.  There is no hint of what is to come.

 

Risen Lord,

in bursting from the tomb

we see there is no darkness that can overcome your love.

Breathe into our lives the wonder of your saving glory. 

Amen.

 

Response

            Sing to the Lord, bless his name

All        tell of his salvation from day to day.  Alleluia.

 

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