An Easter Meditation From Marist School President Fr. Bill Rowland, S.M.
One of the curious features of the life of Mary is that there is no reference to the risen Jesus appearing to her though it is widely assumed among Scripture scholars that such an appearance did take place.
The Church has not officially commented on whether Jesus appeared to his mother first or at all. As the evangelist John reminds us, "There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written." (John 21:21)
Some speculate that the risen Christ's appearances in the Scriptures were intended to publicize and prove that Jesus did, indeed, rise from the dead. However, the risen Christ's appearance to his mother would have been more personal and not meant for public consumption. We can bow at the door that leads to what was shared between them and turn ourselves and our thoughts in the direction of proclaiming that Jesus is risen from the dead.
Marist School's mission is to educate the whole person in the image of Christ, risen from the dead. The whole person includes not only academics (intellectual and faith formation) but athletics (physical), the arts (creativity), campus ministry (service), counseling (emotional/psychological), and other student activities (social). We want our students to feel confident when engaging with other academicians, scientists, athletes, artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, theologians, non-believers, people from all faiths, cultures, races, and ethnic groups, etc. concerning those more important questions about life and to bring to those conversations the perspective of our Catholic faith and other Christian traditions. That is why we educate the whole child in the image of Christ, risen from the dead.
This is in addition to educating our students to make important contributions to their respective fields and to be honest and upright citizens working with God’s allies to align the values of this world with those of the kingdom of heaven. Those too, are important to Fr. Colin, the founder of the Society of Mary.
Be sure to view the two videos about the third priority in ourStrategic Plan 2025, which calls for us to educate the whole child. It is a smaller part of a more comprehensive divine strategy. It includes creating the world that longs to hear the good news that Jesus is risen from the dead and that the powers of sin and death have been dethroned. It is reasonable to believe that the mother of Jesus received that good news directly from her son. Regardless, she asks that we deliver it wherever those powers still hold sway.
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