Greetings on this the Monday in the Octave of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; PS 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; Mt 28:8-15
Note: Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg a teacher and theologian committed to educating Christians and removing anti-Semitism from the Christian faith. I recommend his book The Jewish Gospel of John.
For his Easter Sunday homily Fr Nobert John-Pierre told an interesting and funny story. While in Guatemala on mission he was there for the Easter Vigil one time. At the stroke of midnight the entire town went into a frenzy of activity. Everyone was out scouting about searching for Jesus who was no longer in the tomb.
This tradition, echoing the earliest revelations that Jesus was risen, brings a heart-smile to everyone who heard Father tell the story.
Both fearful and overjoyed Mary Magdalene and the other Marys ready to do something but uncertain what that something is!
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”
The first reading from the Book of Acts appeals to the theologian in us as to the scriptural reference to David and his offspring Jesus.
The Gospel reading appeals to those who want the rumors to be addressed that Jesus was stolen from the grave not resurrected.
The women. The women were filled with energy and ready to ‘be’.
So whether you have confusion of the mind, mistrust of the news or searching how to ‘be’ this Easter Octave is for you.
Don’t be afraid, tell your story and share the Good News of Jesus!
Peace be with you,