Christ is Risen!


The women run, they hurry to say: "Here's what we found!" The surprises of God set us on the road, immediately, without waiting. So they run to see. And Peter and John run. The shepherds, that Christmas night, run: "Let's go to Bethlehem to see what the angels told us." The Samaritan woman runs to tell her people: "Here is something new: I have found a man who told me everything I did."
People knew the things he had done. And those people run, leave what they are doing; even the housewife leaves her potatoes in the pot  --she will find them burned-- but the important thing is to go, run, to see the surprise, the announcement. Even today this happens. In our neighborhoods, in villages, when something extraordinary happens, people run to see. They hurry. Andrew lost no time, but hurried to Peter to tell him: "We have found the Messiah." Surprises, good news, always do that: they hurry us. In the Gospel there is one who takes some time; he does not want to risk it. It is Thomas. But the Lord is good, and waits for him with love. "I will believe when I see the wounds," he says. The Lord has patience even for those who do not go so fast.

The announcement-surprise, the response in a hurry: the third thing I would like to tell you today is a question: "And me? Is my heart open to the surprises of God? Am I able to go in a hurry or am I always with the refrain: "Tomorrow I will see, tomorrow, tomorrow?" What does the surprise say to me? John and Peter ran in haste to the tomb. The Gospel of John tells us: "Believe." Peter believed, but in his own way, with faith a little mixed with the remorse of having denied the Lord. The announcement causes surprise, hurry, and the question: And I, today, this Easter 2018, what am I doing? What are you going to do?

~Pope Francis, from Easter Sunday homily 2018 (my refinement of google trans)