I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Reflection for April 4, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil; Mark 16:1-7

Gospel: Mark 16:1-7
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.’”
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To see is to believe, what does this phrase mean? This means that we will only believe once we see. Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices for they were supposed to see the body of Jesus to honor it. But they did not find there the lifeless body Jesus. Instead they found an empty  tomb, where is the lifeless body of Jesus?  It’s nowhere to be found for Jesus has already resurrected.

After going through so much suffering for our sake and after dying on the cross for our sake. Jesus has finally risen, let us therefore rejoice and be glad for He has risen! What can we do now to honor the risen Christ? The best honor that we could ever do to the risen Christ is to follow His way of lfe.

The resurrected Jesus doesn’t want any pomp and extravagance to honor His resurrection. He simply wants us to follow His way of life for this is the best honor that we could ever do Him. We honor His resurrection by following His life of humility. We honor Him by following His life of total surrender to the will of God.

Jesus has risen and Jesus is alive let us therefore rejoice and honor Him by following His life changing examples. In so doing we continue to spread the good news of His resurrection. Let us therefore embrace His resurrection by becoming another Jesus to our fellowmen. What does this mean? This means that we try our very best to follow the life of Jesus. And we try our best to share Jesus with the hope that in doing so we bring others closer to Him.

Would you have the courage to do it? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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