Fearful yet overjoyed

Empty Tomb

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

Gospel Notes:

  1. Fearful yet overjoyed
  2. Ran!
  3. Announced!
  4. Greeted the Lord!
  5. Approached!
  6. Embraced!
  7. Did Homage!
  8. Did what Jesus asked!

You see, fear is not allowed to master you.
Let Joy is your guide!

First Reading notes:
Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday.

The fullness of the outpouring of the inner personhood of God.

  • Piety.
  • Unity.
  • Charity.

O Sacramentum pietatis! O signum unitatis! O vinculum caritatis!

Yet like all things the unwrapping of a gift is a process. Unless you are a child where they rip into the packaging as if the packaging doesn’t matter and get into the gift beneath!

Our purpose in the first reading today is to relate how, Pentecost, is an outpouring gift of the Resurrection.

First reading
On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
God raised this Jesus;
of this we are all witnesses.
Exalted at the right hand of God,
he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit
that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.”

Responsorial Psalm
Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.

Alleluia Verse
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it. Alleluia.

Gospel Portion
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
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.”

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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