Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection April 01, 2024


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R/. Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. Or Alleluia

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/.This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice in it and be glad

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: The women departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

The life and death of Jesus and everything happen in conformity to the will and plans of God. Christ has conquered the power of Satan and death. He remains as the victor, deathless and sinless. Peter boldly proclaims this. He bears testimony to this declaring that they are the witnesses to all these.

The risen Lord is the giver of peace and blessings. He gives blessings to the women who see him. This blessing dispels all fears and instils joy. It leads to adoration. We, being endowed with this spirit of fearlessness, joyfulness, and worship, need to become witnesses of the Lord. We need to make others also know about him. We need to share the same experience that we ourselves have tasted.

In the second part of the gospel, we see a series of contrasts between these positive experiences and witnesses. There are soldiers in contrast to the women, chief priests and elders in contrast to the disciples, the false propaganda that they had stolen away Jesus’ body in contrast to the truth that he has risen, and the lure of money in contrast to the power of Christ.

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