Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection April 06, 2024


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R/. I will thank you, Lord, for you have answered me 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.

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Afterwards he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

1.      Many times the faith of many depends on others’ faith or tradition. They believe it because it has been said or practised so. That is why their faith will not be strong, deep, and durable. This is what happened in the case of the apostles.

2.       They did not believe when Mary Magdalene told them that Jesus is alive and had been seen by her. So Jesus would rebuke them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.

3.       Jesus had to further teach and solidify them in their faith. He does this patiently and compassionately. But once they experience him personally, there was no looking or turning back. They were no more the same. Simple, uneducated, and common men become fluent and wise preachers.

4.       Their life changes. They get empowered by him. They become courageous witnesses to him. That is why, even when the authorities charged and threatened them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus, they would boldly defy, saying, “We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard”.

5.       Peter’s question to the authorities was this: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God”. This should be our norm of life: It is better to obey God rather than please men. This must be a question of self-check for every follower of Christ. They must examine their priorities and loyalties. Are they trying to be loyal to God and the humans? Are they pleasing God or the world?

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