Paschal Vigil

Last night I told you the story of my climbing up Ben Klibreck, one of the Munros. But I’m not going to continue this story, because we’ve just listened to a more exciting journey – the journey of faith. The readings of tonight lead us from the creation of the universe through God’s promises to their fulfilment in the life of Jesus. But I wonder, if all these stories, prophecies and gospel are really exciting for us. Do they move our hearts yet?

In the gospel we see three women, who are going to do a last favour for their master. They carry spices to anoint Jesus. There is only one question bothering their minds: “Who will roll away the stone […] from the entrance of the tomb?” Their problem is practical, not theological. When finally they reach the destination the stone was already rolled away. All their pondering turns out to be pointless.

For me the way of these three women is an image of our common life. Our minds are bothered about common things – everyday practical problems. Of course, we should think about them to find solutions and enjoy life. But sometimes it might turn out that we have reached a false destination and the time spent seeking solutions has been wasted. Maybe we miss the master when we set a false goal. Maybe sometimes we complain that God is not present in our businesses.

Three women see a young man, who instructs them what to do. The final part of his speech is very important: “you will see him, just as he told you”. The women missed the master because they had gone elsewhere, not where Jesus had told them to go. They had been instructed, but for some reason they didn’t act according to the words of Jesus.

I think this is the answer to our question about God’s presence. It is untrue that God is not present in our businesses; the truth is that sometimes we are not in God’s business.

Where should we seek God? The young man in today’s gospel reminds the women, that Jesus is going to Galilee: it is there you will see him”. Galilee is a symbol of a simple, quiet life. The only place where we cannot find Jesus is his tomb. He lives in our common life, if we live in him.