Sunday, April 01, 2018
April 2, 2018 – EASTER MONDAY
Acts 2: 14, 22- 33 / Mt 28: 8- 15
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 2: 22- 24, 32- 33
Peter said, "Fellow Israelites, listen to what I am going to tell you about Jesus of Nazareth. God accredited him and through him did powerful deeds and wonders and signs in your midst, as you well know. You delivered him to sinners to be crucified and killed, and in this way the purpose of God from all times was fulfilled. But God raised him to life and released him from the pain of death, because it was impossible for him to be held in the power of death."...
"This Messiah is Jesus and we are all witnesses that God raised him to life. He has been exalted at God's right side and the Father has entrusted the Spirit to him; this Spirit he has just poured upon us as you now see and hear."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 28: 8- 15
The women left the tomb at once in holy fear, yet with great joy, and they ran to tell the news to the disciples.
Suddenly, Jesus met them on the way and said, "Peace." The women approached him, embraced his feet and worshipped him. But Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to set out for Galilee; there they will see me."
While the women were on their way, the guards returned to the city and some of them reported to the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests met with the Jewish authorities and decided to give the soldiers a good sum of money, with this instruction, "Say that his disciples came by night while you were asleep, and stole the body of Jesus. If Pilate comes to know of this, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." The soldiers accepted the money and did as they were told. This story has circulated among the Jews until this day.
Christ is risen! Unwilling to accept the reality that somehow the body of Jesus had disappeared despite the guards at his tomb, the Pharisees pay off the guards to say what they want them to say: "Say that his disciples came by night while you were asleep, and stole the body of Jesus. If Pilate comes to know of this, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
The victory of Christ gives us the choice to accept him as the Messiah or to continue to reject him as the Pharisees did. Do we truly believe in Christ's triumph over death and evil? Do we live our lives in the light of Jesus' resurrection?
In the first reading Peter proclaims the Easter message, "This Messiah is Jesus and we are all witnesses that God raised him to life. He has been exalted at God's right side and the Father has entrusted the Spirit to him."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Lydia Javier Reyes
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