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March 24, 1989 ml Commentary The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 L  Mass Readings By FATHER DONALD DILGER Gospel Commentary for Sunday, March 26, 1989 Easter Sunday -- John 20:1-9 The story of the empty tomb occurs in all four gospels. In Mark, Matthew, and Luke there are several women who come to the tomb on the first day of the week. In Mark and Luke they bring spices to embalm the body, while in Matthew they come to see the tomb. John has a different ap- proach. Only Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, and John does not tell us why. Mary finds the stone removed from the tomb and concludes there has been a grave robbery. She runs to report to Peter and another disciple who is identified as the disciple Jesus loved, the one who stood by the cross at the death of Jesus. In the other gospels the women are told by a young man, an angel, or two men, depending on which gospel one reads, to report to the disciples. In Mark, they run away and say nothing to anyone. In Matthew and Luke they report to the disciples. Luke adds that the disciples considered this to be "an idle tale and did not believe" the women. But in John both Peter and the other disciple run to the tomb. John notes the quaint observation that the unnamed disciple ran faster and got there first. Commentators have been puzzled by this remark. One commentator concluded it was because the other disciple was unmarried, strange indeed since the gospels tell us nothing about the marital status of any of the twelve except Peter whose mother-in- law Jesus cured of some illness. Whether an un- married man can run faster than a married man The empty toml:: the first witness may be disputed. Perhaps the commentator thought he was unmarried because he outran all his would-be prospects, a kind of biblical "Sadie Hawkins" day race. The point that John is making with the belov- ed disciple running faster and getting there first is that love impels a person. Peter had denied Jesus, and John has said nothing about his repentance. That will come in chapter 21 when Peter has to profess his love for Jesus three times. The Beloved Disciple had stayed with Jesus to the very end at the foot of the cross. Love impels and love draws. The one who loves more remains closer. He gets to the tomb first. In the Gospel of John the reader must always look beyond Ihe surface for a sym- bolic meaning. Both Peter and the beloved disciple see the linen cloths in which the body was wrapped and. the handkerchief which had been tied around the head of the body. This too has a meaning beyond a statement of fact. Grave robbery seems to have been a common practice in the first century. An imperial edict has been unearthed in Palestine that threatens grave robbers with the death penalty. The point is that grave robbers would not take the time to unwrap the body and carefully roll up the handkerchief or head band. John then adds that one of the two understood what happened when he saw these linen cloths. He writes: "the one who reached the tomb first." "He saw and believed." Again it is the beloved disciple, that mysterious figure who occurs only in John. It is love that COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Aut01H0mol Fire & I.ifol Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 311 N. Wabash 425-3187 PRINCIPAL POSITION OPEN St. Benedict Grade School, Kindergarten through grade 8, an- nounces an opening for the position of Principal. A total job description is available upon request. Applicant must be Catholic and have principal certification or be working toward it. Applications are due by APRIL 29, 1989. Please contact Rev. Camillus EIIspermann, O.S.B., St. Benedict Parish, 1312 Lin- Coln Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47714  or phone (812) 425-3360 for an appointment. A search committee is interview- ing for the position on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 P.M. A TTENTION KNIGHTS! 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On- ly in John is there such a consistent proclamation of love between the Son and the Father, between Jesus and the disciples, and the plea that the disciples love one another: "I have given you an example that you also should do as I have done to you." What does this gospel reading say to us per- sonally? In the community where Jesus is the true vine and we are the branches the most important element is love of him and love of one another. No office in the Christian community is superior to that bond of love. Even Peter has to affirm his love of Jesus three times before he is given the primady in the community, The offices of service that exist can only be based on love of Jesus and of others, service of others. In the Christian community that John envisions, the housewife, farmer and factory worker are as important as priest, bishop and pope. Rank is based not on title or office but on personal union with Jesus and service of one another. 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