Emmanuel Ojeifo PhD ’26

“So she ran.” And then “they both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter.”

As I reflect on the action of these three disciples—Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter and John the beloved—on Easter morning, my mind goes back to a similar experience I had a year ago in Nigeria.

Nurses were prepping my dad for surgery. I went to see him. Less than two hours after I administered the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to my dad, my phone rang. It was the chief surgeon calling. My heart skipped a beat. Had the worst happened?

“Where are you, Emmanuel?” Before I could reply, the surgeon added, “Come to the entrance of the theater.” I ran with trepidation. Thankfully, my dad was fine.

The gospels have many similar examples. Right after the angelic visitation, Mary went with haste to the hill country of Judah to share her joy with Elizabeth. The woman of Samaria ran into the village to tell the people about the strange man she met at the well. A rich young man ran to Jesus to ask what he must do to inherit eternal life.

The speedy response of each of these people tell us that something crucial was at stake in their lives. They did not run for nothing.

In today’s gospel, it is about the missing body of Jesus. There was an inner restlessness in the hearts of the disciples—a holy restlessness for the whereabouts of their Master’s body.
This is what the resurrection of Jesus is about. It offers us the opportunity to become restless for a joyful cause.

Today, we are challenged to run and tell the world that Jesus is alive and that believing in him offers the possibility of the richest imaginable human life.