Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013



Below, you'll find a reflection for today, Easter Sunday. The reflection is by author Joyce Hollyday, and was originally written for Pax Christi USA's Lenten reflection booklet in 1991, Desert Sojourn: Lent 1991


All of us at Pax Christi USA wish you a happy and peaceful Easter. We hope that our efforts to provide you with challenging and inspiring reflections and resources throughout Lent have added to your experience of the season. As we reflect on the power of our God who overcomes death, we give thanks for each of you, for all of our Pax Christi groups and regions, and for the Pax Christi USA family. May you have a blessed and happy Easter!.  




March 31, 2013

By Joyce Hollyday




 Acts 10:34, 37-43 | Colossians 3:1-4 | John 20:1-9


Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early... and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved... and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first... but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb... Then the other disciple also went in, and he saw and believed. (John 20:1-8)


Military eyes peer constantly from the tower that rises above Duncan Village, a black township outside East London, South Africa. Jam-Jam talked to us about the freedom struggle as he ushered us through the rows of overcrowded homes lacking running water and electricity.


Before long a large, armored casspir appeared in the horizon and made its way toward us. Eight members of the South African Defense Forces, pointing rifles, jumped out and surrounded us, escorting us to an interrogation room in the military tower. A soldier told us we were being detained, pending arrival of a member of the "Special Branch," South Africa's security police.


I kept my eyes on Jam-Jam. Though his demeanor had become immediately subdued, a glint of courageous pride remained in his eyes...


In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

P.S. To see more reflections from throughout the Lenten season, visit us at http://paxchristiusa.org/programs/lent/.