By Joel de Loera
“They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.” (see Mark 16:1-8)
Mary Magdalene and the other women bought their aromas and headed towards the tomb of Jesus. They had a mission, a purpose. But there was a lot of uncertainty. How were they going to roll away the stone? The biblical passage tells us that the stone was very large. Impossible for these pious women to remove the stone. However, amid their doubts and uncertainty, they armed themselves with faith and courage and threw themselves into the unknown. They carried their spices to embalm the Lord’s body even when they were not sure if they would be able to access it.
In many ways, we are like these women. We have doubts, there is a lot of uncertainty because of the pandemic, we do not know what awaits us on the other side of the road. We do not know what kind of stones await us. We all have similar moments in our journey of faith. We all run into certain stones along the way, some bigger than others. These stones can present themselves as problems in our family, financial burdens, illness, depression, etc. These stones look so big sometimes that they prevent us from approaching the Lord. But just as these women, we must also carry our aromas -the aromas of faith, hope, and love-, take that leap of faith and throw ourselves into the unknown. Why? Because as we heard in the Sacred Scriptures, the stone had already been removed, even though it was very large!
Is there a stone or problem too big for our God? Is this pandemic too much for God to bear? Of course not! With Christ, it is possible to fill ourselves with the aroma of joy and faith even when our problems seem too great for us to handle. It’s faith that is rooted in the power of the Resurrection of Jesus. The Resurrection of Jesus among other things is the anticipation of what awaits us at the end of our journey. If we learn to completely trust in our loving Father and depend on him as a baby depends on his parents, then we can look at how all the stones have already been rolled away.
The greatest stones of humanity are those of sin, death and our separation from God. The Good News is that Christ has already overcome and removed these stones! It’s true that many times it doesn’t seem like it. Sometimes it seems that Jesus has fallen asleep just like he did in the middle of the storm that lashed against the boat. But just like he did on that occasion he is not going to let the storms of life sink us either if we continue to trust in him.
Our God is there from the beginning of creation, continues to act and renew our faith in the present and is also there at the finish line. In Heaven, there will be no more stones. There will be no more sadness or death. We must decide to trust that at the end of our pilgrimage on earth we will all be rejoicing in His presence for all eternity. These stones are temporary. With his death and resurrection, Jesus has already removed them. Alleluia!