April 7, 2015

Easter Tues.

April 7, 2015:  Easter Tuesday = Tuesday in Octave of Easter

  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  "You'll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (1st reading)
  • 'Pierced hearts' suspenders:  When the Jews heard Peter, they were cut to the heart (1st reading)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  "The Lord's eyes are on those who fear and hope in him" (psalm); "I have seen the Lord" (gospel)
  • Two angel pins:  Mary Magdalene saw two angels (gospel)
  • 'Star' tie pin:  Christ the Morning Star (Exsultet)
  • White shirt:  Easter day and season
Listen

Read
  • Acts 2:36-41  Peter / Jews:  “God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ.” / “What are we to do?” / “Repent and be baptized to receive forgiveness and the Holy Spirit.”  Those who accepted his message were baptized, about 3,000 that day.
  • Ps 33:4-5, 18-20, 22  "The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."  We wait for the Lord, our help and shield.  May your kindness be upon us who hope in you.
  • Jn 20:11-18  Mary Magdalene, weeping, bent into the tomb and saw two angels:  “Why are you weeping?” / “They've taken my Lord....”  She turned and saw Jesus but didn't know it was Jesus. / “Woman, why are you weeping?” / “If you know, tell me where you laid him.” / “Mary!” / “Teacher!” / “Go tell my brothers, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Mary went, announced, “I have seen the Lord,” and reported what he told her.
Reflect
  • Creighton:  Note the impact of Peter’s testimony and Jesus revealing his Risen Self to Mary Magdalene.  After Jesus was executed, why be vocal like that?  Note how many followed Peter's invitation to baptism.  Imagine Mary Magdalene crying at the tomb, upset about the missing body.  When my loved ones die, I don't think about resurrection but ask why they were taken.  I can only move beyond sorrow and fear through the Holy Spirit.  May I be open....
  • One Bread One Body:  May I let Christ burn and purify my heart; then may I speak from the abundance of my heart the good news of the risen Christ.
  • Passionist:  I look into the tomb as Mary Magdalene did:  "What happened to the good old days?"...  The story of Jesus is of hope and of realized resurrection.
  • DailyScripture.net:  Mary Magdalene didn't recognize the Lord at first because she was focused on her own grief, but once Jesus called her by name, she recognized him:  "I have seen the Lord."...
    • Henry Walpole, convert, Jesuit priest, martyr