PAINTING OF ANGEL, WOMEN AT EMPTY TOMB OF CHRISTMY daily reflection and prayer: Monday, April 6, 2015: Easter Season Dear my friends, Here is the Gospel for us today according to Matthew 28:8-15 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, `His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ. *** We celebrate the joy of Easter, the resurrection of Christ. So, let’s prepare our hearts and lives to meet Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord. Let’s learn from the experience of Jesus’ disciples. The Gospel today proclaims this fact around the first Easter, “So they departed quickly from the tomb (of Jesus) with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.” What does it mean? It seems that the disciples of Jesus were as unprepared for his resurrection as they were for his death. So, the empty tomb made them fearful and joyful at the same time. Yes, surely, that Jesus has told them about his dead and resurrection, but, even though Jesus had spoken to them before of his death and rising, they could not believe until they saw the empty tomb and met the risen Lord. We ask then, what is the foundation of our faith in the resurrection of Christ? The scripture tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”(Hebrews 11:1). Faith on the resurrection of Christ is an entirely free gift that God makes to us. Faith is certain because it is based on the very word of God who cannot lie. St. Paul says that God enlightens the eyes of our hearts that we may know what is the hope to which he has called us (Ephesians 1:18). Also, St. Peter the Apostle says we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we ask to God the gift of faith through which the Lord reveals himself to those who believe in his word. He fills us with “new life in his Holy Spirit”. There, we learn to recognize the presence of the Risen Lord in Blessed Sacrament. We learn to live in the joy and hope of the resurrection of Christ. Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may we always live in the joy and hope of your resurrection and never lose sight of its truth for our lives now and forever. Amen. Kredit foto: Ist