Monday, April 21, 2014
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
Act 2:36-41 / Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 / Jn 20:11-18
Reading: Acts 2:36-41
Let Israel then know for sure that God has made Lord and Christ this Jesus whom you crucified." When they heard this, they were deeply troubled. And they asked Peter and the other apostles, "What shall we do, brothers?" Peter answered: "Each of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise of God was made to you and your children, and to all those from afar whom our God may call." With many other words Peter gave the message and appealed to them saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." So those who accepted his word were baptized; some three thousand persons were added to their number that day.
Gospel: Jn 20:11-18
Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she bent down to look inside; she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, and the other at the feet. They said, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She answered, "Because they have taken my Lord and I don't know where they have put him." As she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize him. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and answered him, "Lord, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him, "Rabboni" - which means, Master. Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me; you see I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them: I am ascending to my Father, who is your Father, to my God, who is your God." So Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord, and this is what he said to me."
Unlike the others who were with her in the morning of the resurrection, Mary of Magdala, because of her great love for Christ, remained by the tomb looking for him. It was her perseverance in seeking Christ that gained her the reward of finding what she sought for. Mary of Magdala is a figure of the bride of Christ. After Pentecost, according to tradition, Mary lived for some period in the desert, living only on the bread of the Eucharist before she went to France to evangelize. Her intense love for Jesus was enough for her to live. All of us, whether male or female, are called to be brides of Christ, to have Christ as the meaning of our existence. Let us not tire of seeking him even when it seems like we are facing an empty tomb, which may be the darkness or death we experience in life. Jesus will meet us there. When we approach Christ, he will appear to us even in a surprising manner. The Lord is just waiting for us in the deserts of our lives where he will reveal himself and speak to our hearts.
In the Acts of the Apostles, the Lord touches the hearts of 3,000 men through the preaching of the apostles. They believe in the preaching and ask for baptism. The miracle of the resurrection now begins to change the face of the earth as the Christian community starts to grow by leaps and bounds. Christ is truly risen!
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the repose of the soul - Benjamin Go
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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