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March 31st 2013 – Easter Sunday

Posted: March 30, 2013 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

They Saw and Believed

Readings:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9


 

Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet today’s Gospel tells us that Peter and John “saw and believed.”

What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that He hadn’t been carted off by grave robbers, who usually stole the expensive burial linens and left the corpses behind.

But notice the repetition of the word “tomb” – seven times in nine verses. They saw the empty tomb and they believed what He had promised: that God would raise Him on the third day.

Chosen to be His “witnesses,” today’s First Reading tells us, the Apostles were “commissioned…to preach…and testify” to all that they had seen – from His anointing with the Holy Spirit at the Jordan to the empty tomb.

More than their own experience, they were instructed in the mysteries of the divine economy, God’s saving plan – to know how “all the prophets bear witness” to Him (see Luke 24:27,44).

Now they could “understand the Scripture,” could teach us what He had told them – that He was “the Stone which the builders rejected,” that today’s Psalm prophesies His Resurrection and exaltation (see Luke 20:17; Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11).

We are the children of the apostolic witnesses. That is why we still gather early in the morning on the first day of every week to celebrate this feast of the empty tomb, give thanks for “Christ our life,” as today’s Epistle calls Him.

Baptized into His death and Resurrection, we live the heavenly life of the risen Christ, our lives “hidden with Christ in God.” We are now His witnesses, too. But we testify to things we cannot see but only believe; we seek in earthly things what is above.

We live in memory of the Apostles’ witness, like them eating and drinking with the risen Lord at the altar. And we wait in hope for what the Apostles told us would come – the day when we too “will appear with Him in glory.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 30, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How many devout women of today will rise early to seek out the Lord. To offer Him at the start of the day their gifts and talents to be used for their families and for others?

How many who find emptiness, who had forgotten the Lord Jesus in their lives have sought Him through prayer and in the Word? Having found Him rejoiced? Having experienced the Living God in their lives have found peace and lasting joy? Having experienced this in wonderment shared it with others? Prayed for others so that they too will share in the joy and peace?

How many still refuse to hear the Good News? Refuse to acknowledge the testimony of God’s glory witnessed by others?

How many like Peter in today’s Gospel, will run seeking the Lord out to witness to the Glory of God?

GOSPEL Luke 24:1–12

At daybreak on the first day of the week the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.” And they remembered his words. Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others. The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened.

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Those of us who had done the Vigil, fasted yesterday during Good Friday and attended the service. Did you not experience profound sadness? A sense of loss? Especially when you saw Jesus physically absent in the tabernacle and the sacramentals removed? Yes some of us felt His presence still as spiritual consolation but wasn’t the overall experience surreal?

Now while we continue to fast and remain in prayer, do you now begin to feel a different experience? A sense of joyful anticipation? Perhaps in a sense like a pregnant woman about to give birth? A new beginning?

Amen! I am thankful to be Catholic! Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit! Amen.