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April 18, 2006
Easter Tuesday - Yr II
On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people, "Let the
whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord
and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." Now when they heard this,
they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other
Apostles, "What are we to do, my brothers?" Peter said to them, "Repent
and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the
forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy
Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all
those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call." He testified with
many other arguments, and was exhorting them, "Save yourselves from
this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.
Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she
bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one
at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And
they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They
have taken my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him." When she had
said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it
was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you
looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and said to him, "Sir, if
you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew,
"Rabbouni," which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, "Stop holding on to
me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers
and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and
your God.'" Mary went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the
Lord," and then reported what he had told her.
Mary, since Jesus' death, was shrouded in gloom; her grief and anguish
pressed her to the edge of despair. Pain and desolation overwhelmed
her. She knew Jesus was dead, yet a part of her refused to give him up.
If she could not have him alive, she had at least to be near his
lifeless body. She had to cling to the past a bit longer.
Then Mary realizes that who she thought to be the gardener is actually
Jesus. She goes to him and embraces him, delighted that their
relationship has not changed, that nothing has changed. Yet everything
has changed. Jesus corrects her gently, "Do not cling to me. Do not
hang on to the past. I'm no longer here just for your sake and the sake
of our friends." And he gives Mary a task that demonstrates how new the
world has become.
Jewish society was rigidly patriarchal. Women could not be witnesses in
a court; their testimony would be worthless. But Jesus assigns Mary to
be a witness that he is alive, that he has been raised from the dead,
and she was to bear her witness to the male members of Jesus'
entourage. Everything had changed indeed.
The message of the Resurrection is "newness." The future of the world
has changed. Its hopes, its expectations, its aspirations are all new.
There is no reason to cling to the past, to hang on to what was. Jesus
is raised from the dead. We look forward, not back.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the safe travel of Albert & Veny Yap.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Mrs. Milagros Maliwat
Pasion. Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine
upon her. May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in
- for the speedy recovery and healing of Victor.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Vicente C. Ong. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Rita Tan. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and
all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Virginia Sun
- Birthday: Gilbert So
- Birthday: Juanito Chiong
- Prayer Intention: Uy Family
- Wedding Anniversary: Alex & Chit Ngui
- Wedding Anniversary: John & Lilian Cua
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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