April 17, 2017

Easter Mon

April 17, 2017:  Monday, Octave of Easter

Find 10 connections with today?
Legend below

  • See Easter Vigil for Psalm 16 settings (also for 1st reading which quotes Ps 16)
Pope Francis Regina Cœli
The angel's words to the women at the tomb, "Go tell his disciples, he has been raised!,” are for us too, inviting us to go proclaim this message of joy and hope today.  Death doesn't have the last word; Christ is Risen, bringing new life to all.  We're called to affirm the value of life.  In the midst of so much suffering, we'll be Resurrection people if we offer gestures of solidarity and welcome, strengthening the desire for peace and for a world free from degradation.
The Spirit will transform those gestures to take on new strength to reach into every heart, bringing freedom and hope to the suffering and oppressed.  May Mary, silent witness to her son's death and Resurrection, help us be signs of the Risen Christ in the world.  God help persecuted Christian communities, called give such a difficult and courageous witness to the Easter message.
  • 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.
    The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
    della Francesca
  • Creighton:  "'Frope':  fear and hope," neologism for our feelings when we achieve a goal, then realize it, e.g., when you start the perfect job you just landed, or when you first hold your new baby.  In the gospel, what Jesus had done is just sinking in to Mary Magdalene, Mary, and his other disciples.  The women leave the tomb “fearful yet overjoyed,” fearful for what lies ahead, hopeful because he's risen.  Even if we're afraid, we're being asked to focus on Resurrection hope.  God’s love and the Spirit’s promise are stronger than death.  God who keeps us safe won't abandon us.  We're being called to see God in the world, remembering how we got here and looking for God throughout our day  May we be the light his sacrifice deserves. 
  • One bread, one body:  "While you were sleeping":  The soldiers guarding the tomb were the first witnesses to Jesus' Resurrection, but they were told to say he was stolen while they were asleep.  But if they were asleep, how could they know?  And since guards were punished by death when they failed, their excuse is weak.  Also, if a sleeping guard heard disciples rolling away the "huge" stone, he would have roused his mates and stopped them.  Additionally, the disciples were in the upper room, afraid.  No; Jesus is truly risen!
  • Passionist:  Imagine what it was like to see the empty tomb.  The women must have realized something wonderful happened and sensed that they and their world were different.  They felt the first rush of Easter life.  They became Easter people.  Once they saw the empty tomb, they couldn't stay.  Easter means we're to be set free, from sorrow, grief, anxiety fear, injustice, diminishment,....  God who fashioned us from love and gave us life wants us to know fullness of life, but some will refuse to hear the message and even try to snuff it out like the chief priests and elders in today's gospel. But they don't have the power; the risen Lord does....
  • DailyScripture.net:  "News of the resurrection":  Jesus' disciples were prepared for neither his death nor resurrection.  "Did he really rise as he said he would?"  We too want to see before we believe.  The chief priests and scribes denied the guards' testimony, resolved not to believe he'd risen.
"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen"; it's a free gift from God, assent to the truth God reveals through his word.  Faith seeks understanding; that's why God enlightens us that we may know the hope he's called us to.  We've been born to a living hope through Christ's resurrection.  Through faith the Lord reveals himself to believers and fills them with new life in the Spirit.... 
Dress legend
  • 'Prize' pin:  "You alone are my prize" (psalm)
  • 'Cups' tie:  Lord, my portion and cup (psalm, 1st reading)
  • 'Heart' pin:  "My heart has been glad" (1st reading, psalm); "my heart exhorts me" (psalm)
  • 'Dove' pin:  "Jesus poured forth the promise of the Spirit" (1st reading)
  • 'Feet' pin:  The Marys embraced Jesus' feet when he met them (gospel)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  "Tell my brothers to go to Galilee; they'll see me there" (gospel)
  • 'Crucifix' pin:  "You used lawless men to crucify him" (1st reading)
  • 'Coin' tie bar:  The chief priests gave the soldiers hush money (gospel)
  • 'Hand' tie pin (oops, forgot it):  "With him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed" (1st reading, psalm); Christ was exalted at God's right hand (1st reading)
    • White shirt, cuff links, socks:  Color of day

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