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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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reflection for April 16, Easter Sunday the Resurrection of the Lord; John 20:1-9

Gospel: John 20:1-9
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him." So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
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Imagine you were in the situation of Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved, would you have been worried as they were? Of course! It is simply the normal human reaction, you would feel bewildered and worried as well.

But what if they knew before hand that Jesus would be rising from the dead after three days? Would they be as apprehensive? Of course not they would have been excited and in a celebratory mode for their expectation would already be fulfilled.

This is what separates you now from Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter and John (the beloved disciple) because during their time they did not know that Jesus had risen it was only during the succeeding events which transpired that they got the revelation of His resurrection. 

We who now know about the resurrection of Jesus must celebrate and be joyful. For the reason that we have a God who gave His life on the cross for our sake. We have a God who loves us so dearly and we have a God who forgives us of our sinfulness no matter how severe. 

This Easter Sunday the Risen Jesus is calling you to become His living witness, He calls you to live your faith and to radiate His sacrificial love to everyone.

And how are you going to do this?  You have to forgive! You have to free yourself from any form of hatred and you have to learn to love even those who are not lovable to your eyes. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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