The Easter pilgrims make their way to St Peter's Basilica for the Station today. A resplendent basilica awaits them. Gathered around the bones of St Peter, our first reading relates his proclaiming his faith in the Risen Jesus. Called by Jesus to strengthen the brethren, this is what Peter is now doing, and he continues to do it both from heaven and in the person of his successor on earth, the Pope.
Our Gospel relates the encounter of the holy women with Jesus: they believe because they have seen. Others have also seen, but they refuse to believe and prefer to manufacture a falsehood. But that lie will not dominate, in the end the truth about Christ will prevail. It is our task to ensure that the truth prevails in our lives, and by our participation in the Church's mission, prevails in our time.