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EASTER MESSAGE FROM FR. JOHN

posted Apr 12, 2017, 11:46 AM by Mary Tocimak

     On behalf of the staff at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, I want to wish all of you a happy and blessed Easter. 

     In the Resurrection story from St. John’s Gospel, (20:1-9), Peter and John run to the tomb after they hear from the women that Christ is no longer in the tomb.  They did not realize that He had been raised from the dead by His Father. When they entered the tomb, they saw that Jesus was gone.   However, in the corner, they saw the cloth that covered his head rolled up neatly in a separate place.  In some versions of this Gospel, it is described as being folded up like a napkin.

     Why is this seemingly insignificant event, the folding of the cloth so important? In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy, including Jesus, knew this tradition.

     When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now if the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'. But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because the folded napkin meant, that the Master was coming back. By folding the cloth, Jesus is telling us that He too is coming back.  This is the true joy of Easter.  Not just that Jesus was raised from the dead, but that He is coming back to get all of us and bring us with him back to the Father for all eternity.  Alleluia, Christ is risen and even more importantly, He is coming back.  Let us all rejoice.
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