Read and listen to the Word of April 10, 2023
Monday within the Octave of Easter
- St. Magdalene of Canossa virgin and founder (1774-1835)
- S. Miguel de los Santos O.S.T. priest (1591-1625)
This Jesus, God he raised him up and we are all witnesses of it.
From the Acts of the Apostles
“Men of Judea, and all you inhabitants of Jerusalem, let this be known to you and pay attention to my words: Jesus of Nazareth – man accredited by God with you by means of miracles, wonders and signs, which God made himself among you through his work, as you well know -, delivered to you according to the pre-established plan and the foreknowledge of God, you, for hand of pagans, you crucified him and killed him.
Time God he resurrected him, freeing him from the pains of death, because it was not possible for this to hold him in its power.
In fact David says about him: “I always contemplated the Lord before me; he stands at my right hand, so that I do not falter.
For this reason my heart rejoiced and my tongue rejoiced and my flesh too will rest in hope, because you will not abandon my life in hell nor will you allow your Holy One to suffer corruption. You have made me know the ways of life, you will fill me with joy with your presence".
Brethren, let me tell you frankly, concerning the patriarch David, that he died and was buried, and his tomb is still with us today. But since he was a prophet and knew that God had solemnly sworn to him to seat one of his descendants on his throne, foresaw the resurrection of Christ and spoke of him: he was not abandoned in hell, nor did his flesh suffer corruption.
This Jesus, God he raised him up and we are all witnesses of it. Raised therefore to the right of God and after receiving from Father the promised Holy Spirit has poured him out, as you yourselves can see and hear."
Word of God.
From Psalm 15 (16)
A. Protect me, o God: in you I take refuge.
R. Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Protect me, o God: in you I take refuge.
I said to the Lord: "You are my Lord,
only in you is my good".
The Lord is my inheritance and my cup:
in your hands is my life. R.
I bless the Lord who gave me advice;
even at night my mind instructs me.
I always put the Lord before me,
stand on my right, I will not be able to falter. R.
For this my heart rejoices
and my soul rejoices;
even my body rests safe,
because you won't abandon my life in hell,
nor will you let your faithful one see the pit. R.
You will show me the path of life,
full joy in your presence,
endless sweetness to your right. R.
Optional [see Easter day]
This is the day the Lord has made:
let us rejoice and be glad. (Ps 117,24)
Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee: there they will see me.
From the Gospel according to Matthew
At that time, having hastily left the tomb with fear and great joy, the women ran to give the news to his disciples. And here, Jesus came to meet them and said, "Greetings to you!"
And they came and embraced his feet and worshiped him. At that time Jesus he said to them: “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee: there they will see me."
While they were on their way, behold, some guards came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.
These then met with the elders and, after having consulted each other, gave a good sum of money to the soldiers, saying: "Tell me this: 'His disciples came in the night and stole him while we slept.'
And if the matter ever comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him and relieve you of all concern.' They took the money and did according to the instructions received. Thus this account has spread among the Jews to this day.
Word of the Lord.
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (313-350)
bishop of Jerusalem and doctor of the Church
Baptismal catechesis n°14,1-2 (trad. cb© evangelizo)
"Rejoice Jerusalem, rejoice as many as you love" (Is 66:10) Jesus, since he has risen.
Rejoice all of you who were in pain, (…) because the one who was subjected to violence, in turn has risen. As the memory of the cross saddened our assembly, so is our joy the good news of the resurrection.
Let sadness be transformed into joy, lamentations into joy and joy and joy fill our mouths in honor of him who said after the resurrection: "Rejoice!".
I know in fact what was the pain of the friends of the last few days Christ, when nothing more was said of his death and burial and the good news of the resurrection had not been proclaimed: your suspended spirit awaited the longed-for news.
The dead man has risen, he who is "free among the dead" (Ps 88:6) and liberator of the dead, the man who without complaint had held the dishonorable crown of thorns, this man, risen, holds the crown of victory over death.
Well! As we testified about him on the cross, we also affirm the resurrection with proofs: the Apostle in fact affirms for us: "He was buried and rose on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Co 15:4).
WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER
The Lord precedes us, always precedes us.
It is good to know that he walks ahead of us, that he has visited our life and our death to precede us in Galilee, that is, in the place that for him and for his disciples recalled daily life, family, work. Jesus he wants us to bring hope there, in everyday life.
But Galilee for the disciples was also the place of memories, especially of the first call. Returning to Galilee is remembering that you have been loved and called by God.
Each of us has his own Galilee. […] But there is more. [...] Galilee was the most distant place from the sacredness of the Holy City. It was an area populated by different peoples who practiced various cults: it was the "Galilee of the Gentiles" (Mt 4:15). Jesus send there, ask to restart from there.
What does this tell us? That the announcement of hope shouldn't be confined to our sacred precincts, but should be brought to everyone. (Homily Easter vigil, 11 April 2020)