Signs of the Resurrection

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Signs of the Resurrection

In the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection we have many signs. The stone rolled away. The rolled up burial cloths. The empty tomb. The angel. The seaside breakfast. The marks in Jesus’ hands and side. And the list goes on.

I saw a sign of the Resurrection in a bouquet of daffodils. When I went to sleep on the day I bought them, the blossoms were tightly shut. When I awoke the next morning, the flowers were open wide and they shone with brilliant color. This glorious Resurrection sign gladdened my heart and made me smile. But, the sign of the Resurrection that stopped me in my tracks was the simple, lonely, empty bulb-coating that was lying on the table. It was if I was seeing, with my own eyes, the empty tomb!

So, what signs of the Resurrection have you seen? Maybe it is the empty hospital bed of one who has recovered from a long illness. Or maybe it is the sight of a reconciled penitent coming out of the confessional. I often see signs of the Resurrection in the sun breaking through a storm-clouded sky. You might see signs of the Resurrection in green sprouts or in baby birds, in the play of a child or the smile of a friend. 

The Resurrection sign could be grand or subtle…but have no fear…signs of the Resurrection are all around!















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