They looked for Him in a tomb that was empty.
They didn’t find Him. He found them.
He found them where they least expected Him. And He gave them what they did not ask for.
He found Mary Magdalen and the other women in the garden, and gave them His joy.
He found two dream-shattered disciples on their way back home, and gave them His understanding.
He found the Eleven fearfully huddled in the upper room, and gave them His “Shalom,” the Spirit that lets the past be the past. (Isn’t that what forgiveness really is all about?)
He found Thomas, and gave him His healing wounds.
He found the thrice-repentant Simon Peter, and gave him food for His lambs and sheep.
He led them to the holy mountain, and gave them the power to be Him for the world.
My prayer for you as we celebrate our Risen Savior is to cherish the empty places of your heart, for it is there that He will find you by surprise, and give what you could not even conceive to ask for.
He loves you, and so do I.
Fr. Tom Welbers