On the drive to work today I was praying the Rosary and meditating on the Lord's Resurrection. I was thinking of the women at Jesus' tomb. Nothing could have prepared them for the absolute shock of the empty tomb - and definitely not for their encounter with the Resurrected Jesus. I was struck how you and I are often so completely in the dark about all of the good things that God is doing behind the scenes, completely surprised when they break out into the light. God seems to work in silence; He doesn't make us privy to His plans - just shocks us with their awesomeness.
Wait, that's not quite right. Hadn't Jesus told His disciples, over and over, that He would be rejected by the chief priests and elders and be raised on the third day? Yes, He had; but they didn't understand. Jesus had told them exactly what was going to happen. His crucifixion shouldn't have come as a shock - and neither should His Resurrection!
And here is what Jesus says to you and me. We should listen closely so that we're not caught off-guard:
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn.16:33).
Fore-warned is fore-armed. We will suffer the Cross. And if we stay united with Him, we will experience His Resurrection.