Friday, April 21, 2006
April 22, 2006
Easter Saturday - Yr II
Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be
uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Then when they saw
the man who had been cured standing there with them, they could say
nothing in reply. So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, and
conferred with one another, saying, "What are we to do with these men?
Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign was done
through them, and we cannot deny it. But so that it may not be spread
any further among the people, let us give them a stern warning never
again to speak to anyone in this name." So they called them back and
ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter
and John, however, said to them in reply, "Whether it is right in the
sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It
is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard."
After threatening them further, they released them, finding no way to
punish them, on account of the people who were all praising God for
what had happened.
When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared
first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She
went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they
heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on
their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they
did not believe them either. But later, as the Eleven were at table, he
appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of
heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been
raised. He said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the
Gospel to every creature."
After Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, she returned to the disciples,
rapturous with joy, to tell them the good news of Jesus' resurrection.
But they wouldn't believe her. Then the two disciples who had run off
to Emmaus burst in on the group with the same joyous news, but again
they wouldn't believe them either. Suddenly Jesus is there, among them.
And Jesus takes them to task, as he should have done. He chides them
because of their disbelief and their stubborn refusal to believe their
companions to whom Jesus had appeared. And then, Jesus does something
incredible. He says to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the
good news to all creation."
These men had misunderstood him in his life. In spite of Jesus' clear
teaching and in spite of the simplicity of his life-style, they
insisted that Israel would be a political kingdom in which they would
exercise power rather than serve others. How often and in how many
different ways did Jesus try to let them realize that this was not what
the kingdom would be? Secondly, these men abandoned him when he needed
them most, when he was going through his passion into death. And now,
in spite of the witness of Mary Magdalene and the others, they
absolutely refused to believe in his resurrection.
If we had been one of Jesus' advisers during that time, would we have
warned him, "Jesus, give up on these people. Put together another team,
intelligent people you can trust. Don't take another chance on this
group of people." But in spite of his experience with them, he did this
incredible thing, which didn't turn out to be so wrong at all: he
reaffirmed his trust in them by commissioning them to be his apostles.
If only we had the same trust in Jesus, that he has in us!
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of the Mom of Nayds.
- for the speedy recovery of the sister of Anabelle.
- for the speedy recovery of Marissa and Irene.
- for the personal intentions of Charles & Cheryl C.
- for the speedy recovery of Untoy.
- may the Holy Spirit guide David on his discernment.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- 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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