FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 17, 2017
EASTER MONDAY – JESUS LIVES!
WORD of the DAY
Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this 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.” While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. They assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ (Matthew 28: 8:13)
The Church as Mother and Teacher, knows how difficult it is to have faith in the Resurrection and thus, during this Octave of Easter, the apparitions of the Risen One continue in order to give ulterior confirmation for our Easter faith. Today, Matthew recounts the women who see the angel who proclaims the Resurrection to them. While they run to bring the good news to the disciples, they meet Jesus who tells them not to be afraid and to tell His brothers they will see Him in Galilee. Galilee is the preferred land of Jesus and very dear to Him; it is there He began His preaching. From there, the Gospel of the Resurrection must also begin.
This is the invitation that is valid for all the disciples of Christ! Every generation must reach its own Galilee to meet the Risen One and proclaim Him to everyone, so that everyone may encounter Him. Even today, there are those who want to block the news of Easter. Matthew recounts how the temple leaders react to the frightened soldiers’ news, whom they corrupt with a sizable amount of money so that they will lie about the evidence saying His body had been stolen while they slept! Here we have two opposite testimonies: that of a group of poor women without any credibility, against the soldiers of the guard who are much more credible than they. The world wants the tomb to remain sealed, closed, and it works for this end with lies and corruption so that no one will ever know that He is Risen, that Life has conquered death, that Love has triumphed over hatred and violence.
The Voice of Bishop Tonino Bello
On Easter Morning, the women arrived at the garden and saw the stone rolled away from the tomb. Each of us has our stone: an enormous stone placed at the mouth of the soul…it is the stone of solitude, of misery, of sickness, of hatred, of desperation, of sin. Then let Easter be for all of us, the rolling back of the stone, the end of the nightmares, the beginning of the light.
Comment by Fr. F. Bergamelli, SDB