April 17, 2017 – Monday in the Octave of Easter
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. (Matthew 28:8-15)
It is important that Mathew chose to use the word ran in today’s Gospel story of the empty tomb. The believers were so overjoyed, so filled with knowledge of the Good News, that they ran to tell others. When was the last time you felt that way about your faith? When was the last time you felt the urge to run and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others?
Our faith life may be personal, but it is not private. It is meant to be shared.
These days, social media and tweeting and blogging equate to the disciples running to share the Good News. I encourage this sharing – this online evangelization – but we need to make sure that in the process we do not run past the people in our daily lives. We need to share the joy of the Easter season with our families, friends, and co-workers; and model the faith for them.
Go ahead and climb that mountain and shout the Good News to the world, but don’t forget to also share it with the people you meet on your way up the mountain.