Posted by: livingscripture | April 25, 2011


From the Word of the Day 

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.

                              Matthew 28: 8-9                                                              

How should we live this Word 

The women who followedJesusand His disciples, helping them with their means, had cried all their tears atJesus’ death.  We can well imagine what they must have felt when Jesus Himself told them that He had risen.  The text speaks of fear and great joy.  There was a reverential fear before the mystery, a holy fear, gift of the Holy Spirit.  He arouses this in our being when we live a very strong spiritual experience that pervades us totally.  Yet, stronger than fear was their great joy, the fruit of the Holy Spirit that moves to proclamation. 

Christians are under the sign of two sentiments, a holy fear, reverential love in which their whole being, actions, words express conviction and authenticity.  And great joy, with the radiance that comes when we perceive ourselves loved by God.  We cannot refrain from manifesting a deep and radiant contentment, and we feel beside ourselves. 

The intrepid, joyful women teach us that Christians are called to announce the Risen Christ with their life.  It is precisely in this life, along our daily paths, that Jesus Himself comes to meet us and tell us, “Peace be with you.”  He says this to us today if we allow His Word to convince us to believe.  Faith means entrusting ourselves to the one who died and rose. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will pray:                                                                                                      

I trust You, Lord.  With You, I fear no evil.

The voice of Silvana Marchetti, Salesian Sister

Joy flows from my heart because You are in me and I am in You.  It flows from my heart because I give it to all whom I met.  If I keep it only for myself, it will dry up.



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