Easter Monday
Malvern Minute

 

Monday within the Octave of Easter

April 13, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33

Psalm 16

Matthew 28:8-15

 

Have you every told a lie?  Experts say that we lie about our age, our weight, our income, our accomplishments and many of the mistakes we have made in our lives.  We use these small “white lies” to escape embarrassment or even to protect our own feelings or the feelings of another person.  Many of these “white lies” go unnoticed.  Unfortunately, many do not. So be it.  

Today’s Gospel narrative speaks to us about the report of the Resurrection of Jesus from two sources; Jesus’ disciples and the Roman guards who were guarding the tomb.  Let’s look at the second group since it speaks to us of deceit, deception and lying.  The Roman guards are bribed by the chief priests and told to lie about the resurrection of our Lord.  They were to promise that if the procurator inquires into the matter, they would “invent” a story that it was the disciples who stole Jesus’ body while they slept.   Isn’t it interesting that the chief priests conspire to do all of this and still see themselves as righteous men?

The first part of our Gospel is the opposite of lies and deception.  Here we see simple women whose hearts are overjoyed at the news that their beloved Lord is alive again.  They are eager to share their joy and are told by Jesus to tell his “brothers” to meet Him in Galilee.  These two women have followed Jesus from Galilee to the cross attending to His needs and were faithful to Him up to His last breath.  Their sudden meeting with Jesus is a scene filled with peace and radiant joy.  And that’s no lie!   

Question of the Day: In this first week of Easter how will you see the different ways that the Risen Christ appears to you?

Prayer:  “Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more; death will no longer have dominion over Him, alleluia.  (Romans 6:9)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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