April 18, 2017

Easter Tues

April 18, 2017:  Tuesday, Easter Octave

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  • 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
        Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection
        (Ivanov)
      • Creighton:  Mary Magdalene doesn't initially see Christ, as others don't.  It often takes time for his disciples to recognize him.  Touching of the heart can move us more than touching of the senses.  We often see and hear only what we're ready to; our mindset determines what we take in when and how.  My personal motivation greatly influences what I'm aware of and what action I'm willing to take.  Imagine the fire in Peter's heart and the “mini-Pentecost” in Mary Magdalene's experience.  Remember that Peter had denied Jesus three times.  Father, allow me to take things in more fully, and help me use this grace better to understand others.  Give a heart that welcomes your Spirit...
        Noli me tangere/ Fra Angelico
      • One Bread, One Body:  "Body language":  Mary Magdalene told the angels she was weeping because "The Lord has been taken away"; she was so preoccupied with Jesus' body that she seems not to have paid much attention to the "angels in dazzling robes."  When Jesus, whom she thought was the gardener, asked her why she was weeping, she said she'd carry the body away if he told her where it was.  She loved Jesus and his body.  To meet the risen Christ, we must love his body the Church and his eucharistic Body.  May we so recognize him....
      • Passionist:  Today's gospel passage is relevant as we try to embrace the meaning of "He is risen!"  This passage is remarkably physical; the verbs emphasize the event is not a dream.  Mary Magdalen, weeps, bends over, peeks into the tomb; angels sit; all speak.  She turns and sees Jesus.  "Stop holding on to me.... Go to my brothers...."  The passage shows Mary's powerful love for her “teacher.”  Despite his ignominious death, she retraces the burial party's steps back to the tomb, eventually recognizes Jesus, and clings to his body.  Jesus is present, seeking his disciples out, comforting them.  His presence gives his followers courage and conviction and continues to exist in his followers who become his presence in the world.  Jesus' presence is real, tangible, and caring.
      • DailyScripture.net:  "I have seen the Lord!"  It's easy to miss the Lord when we focus on ourselves.  Mary didn't recognize the Lord at first because she focused on the empty tomb and her grief.  Once the Master called her by name, she recognized him.  Mary's "I have seen the Lord" is the essence of Christianity:  it's not enough to know about the Lord; we have to know him personally.  In the resurrection we encounter the Lord who loves us personally, shares his glory with us, and gives us eyes of faith to see the truth of his resurrection and victory.  The resurrection is the foundation of our hope, hope we'll see God face to face and share his glory and joy. "Without seeing him you love him; though you don't see him, you believe and rejoice.  As the outcome of your faith, you obtain salvation...."
        • Bl. ("Mother") Marie-Anne Blondin, religious, Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne foundress, victim of injustices, example of self-denial and forgiveness.  “The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater are its chances of growing and producing fruit.”  “May the Holy Eucharist and perfect abandonment to God’s Will be your heaven on earth.”  “God will know well how to discern the false from the true and to reward each one according to his deeds.”  “There is more happiness in forgiving than in revenge.”
      Dress legend
      • 'Pierced hearts' suspenders:  When the Jews heard Peter, they were cut to the heart (1st reading)
      • 'Phone' tie bar:  "The promise is made to... whomever the Lord will call.” (1st reading)
      • 'Calculator' tie:  "About 3,000 were added that day" (1st reading)
      • 'Clock' tie bar:  We wait for the Lord,... (psalm)
      • 'Shield' tie pin:  ...our help and our shield (psalm)
      • '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)
      • 'Feet' pin:  ...one at the head, one at the feet (gospel)
      • White shirt and socks:  Easter day and season