Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph,
St. Ignatius of Loyola now famous Spiritual Exercises contain several contemplations on the Resurrection. One of these deals with what St. Ignatius thought would have been Jesus' first appearance following his Resurrection. It was an apparition to His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although not recorded in Scripture, the Saint considered it to be common sense.
In his reasoning this is why Our Lady does not accompany the other women to the tomb early on the morning of the first Easter. She had already encountered the Risen Lord- Her Son!
Mary's great virtue is faith. She believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled. So when Jesus finally appeared we can imagine the joy of this encounter. A joy which was entirely different - the joy of the Resurrection, an everlasting joy that neither death nor suffering can tarnish.
May we be able to imitate Our Lady's faith so has to share alongside Her the joyful embrace of the Resurrection. Happy Easter to all!~ Fr. Marc-André Campbell