10 The Resurrection: A Return to Silence - Christopher Mendonca

posted Mar 29, 2018, 9:16 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 9:17 AM ]

The Experience of John (a first-person account):

The grief that one has to bear when losing a loved one

is more difficult to cope with

when one has been assigned the task

of looking after the deceased's affairs as well.

As Jesus breathed His last, He commended Mary His mother

and me, the one whom he loved, to each other.

It was not that He loved me more than the others;

just that we had a relationship that had a unique resonance.

It allowed me to lean on His breast at the Last Supper

and commend to His loving heart, the pain that I experienced.

The days that followed were akin to a silent retreat.

The mystery surrounding His death had drawn me into silence

ever since He manifested His glory on Mount Tabor

to me, Peter and my brother James.

He had told us not to tell anyone about it

till He rose from the dead.1

That Easter morning, as we beheld the empty tomb,