Posted by: livingscripture | April 11, 2015

Easter Saturday

From the Word of the Day

 “She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.  When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.”            (Mark 16: 1-10)                   

 

How should we live this WordJesus risen 3

Easter Week closes with the apparitions of the Risen Lord as told by Mark the Evangelist.  He uses few words that are direct and terse.  The women at the tomb find it empty, so they go to tell the others and no one believes them.  A couple returns from the country and says they have seen and spoken with Jesus.  No one believes them either.  Not one of the voices that tell of this very desirable and incredible event is trusted as they relate it both fear and enthusiasm.

The direct experience of the Risen Jesus will place the Apostles in the condition of not being able to remain incredulous.  By appearing to them, He scolds them for their hardness of heart.  They were not open to the unheard of.  After so much time passed with Jesus, there is still prevalent in them the need to direct their mind to what is rational, understandable, and definable.  There is no room for newness.  The Risen One makes them move the confines of the known to bring them to the unknown.  To Jesus’ reproof, Mark immediately attaches the mandate of the Ascension, “Go out to the whole world”.Easter Week closes with the apparitions of the Risen Lord as told by Mark the Evangelist.  He uses few words that are direct and terse.  The women at the tomb find it empty, so they go to tell the others and no one believes them.  A couple returns from the country and say they have seen and spoken with Jesus.  No one believes them either.  Not one of the voices that tell of this very desirable and incredible event is trusted as they relate it both fear and enthusiasm.

The confines to be reached and evangelized are not only in the mind of the apostles.  Jesus also breaks through geographically the limits that defined the Eleven.  He sends them to the whole world.  The new People of God is not in Palestine; the Promised Land is not the Middle East.  It is the entire world.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to open my mind and heart to the limitless horizons of His desires and help me to do what I can to make them a reality.

Lord, the Resurrection upsets all our horizons and nothing is the same as before.  Help me to not be afraid to go out, to meet You in the confines of the world.

The Voice of the Catholic Catechism

Even faced with the reality of the Risen Jesus, the disciples still doubt because it seems so impossible to them.  They think they are seeing a ghost.  Luke says “Even with their great joy, they still did not believe and were dazed”.  Thomas has the same trial of doubt and when he was present at the last apparition in Galilee as told by Matthew, “some…doubted”.  For this reason, the supposition that the resurrection was the product of the faith or credulity of the Apostles has no foundation.  On the contrary, their faith in the resurrection is born under the action of divine grace, from the direct experience of the reality of the Risen Jesus.

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