April 6, 2015

Easter Mon.

April 6, 2015:  Easter Monday = Monday in the Octave of Easter

  • 'Cups' tie:  Lord, my portion and cup (psalm, 1st reading)
  • 'Feet' pin:  The Marys embraced Jesus' feet when he met them (gospel)
  • 'Lamb' tie bar:  Our lamb has been sacrificed; a Lamb redeems the sheep
  • White shirt:  color of day

  • See Easter Vigil for Psalm 16 settings (also for 1st reading which quotes Ps 16)
Pope Francis
Regina Cœli:  In Christ, through our Baptism, we are risen, we've passed from death to life, from the slavery of sin to the freedom of love.  This is the Good News we're called to carry to others, animated by the Spirit.  Faith in the resurrection and hope he's brought us is the most beautiful gift a Christian can and must offer.  Don't tire of repeating,  "Christ is risen!"
The Good News of the Resurrection should shine on our face, in our feelings, in our behavior, in the way we treat others.  We proclaim the resurrection when his light illuminates our dark moments, and we share it with others; when we smile with those who smile, weep with those who weep, accompany those who are sad and at risk of losing hope, or recount our experience of faith to those searching for meaning and happiness.  We say "Jesus is risen" in our attitude, our witness, our life.  Let our lives be conquered and transformed by the Resurrection.
  • Acts 2:14, 22-33  Peter:  “Children of Israel, God worked mighty deeds through Jesus.  You killed Jesus, but God raised him up.  David says, "I saw the Lord; I shall not be disturbed.  I hope, because you won't abandon me or allow me to see corruption.  You made the paths of life known to me."  David died, but he knew God would set one of his descendants on his throne; he foresaw the Christ's resurrection.  We see God raised Jesus; he poured forth the Holy Spirit.
  • Ps 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11  "Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope."  I set the Lord before me.  My heart and soul rejoice.  You won't allow your faithful one to undergo corruption.
  • Mt 28:8-15  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary left the tomb to tell his disciples.  Jesus told them on the way, “Don't be afraid.  Tell them to go see me in Galilee.”  Some of the guard told the chief priests what happened.  The chief priests paid them off, telling them to say the disciples stole Jesus.  They did, and the story still circulates.

  • Creighton:  “We're as sick as our secrets,” and “we're as healthy as our truths.”  Peter told his Jewish companions the truth he believed; recall not all Jews agreed to the death of Jesus. Peter reminded them  that signs and miracles announced the presence of God made man to them.  In the gospel, Jesus stops the Marys on their way to tell the brothers, then tells them to tell the brothers to head to Galilee....
    Dance of Youth/ Picasso
  • One Bread One Body:  "The better half":  When Jesus' first followers heard he'd risen, some were half-fearful and half-overjoyed; the same holds today when we rejoice but then realize that risen life brings new challenges and responsibilities.  Satan tempts believers to be afraid of spreading the good news and changing their lives, but Jesus told his first witnesses, "Don't be afraid."  Let's turn to the better half, "half-overjoyed," fixing our eyes on Jesus and the joy of his resurrection.
  • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus' disciples unprepared for his death, and his resurrection.  As they couldn't believe till they saw the empty tomb and met the risen Lord, we too want to see before we believe, but our faith is free assent to the truth God reveals through his word.  Through faith, the Lord reveals himself to believers and fills them with new life in the Holy Spirit.

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