Sunday, April 16, 2017

Acts 10:34, 37-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-9


Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed;
let us feast with joy in the Lord. 1 Cor 5:7-8


Acts 10:34, 37-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-9

Acts 10:34, 37-43

My soul's beloved, You are the Way that leads to the Father's house, You anointed us who are baptized into Your Body, with the Holy Spirit and with fire, and we too like Peter have received the great commission. We are to be Your witnesses every waking moment. We are to give testimony of all the miracles we have received from the moment of our conception. We are be on fire with the Good News proclaiming it by our words, our deeds, and our lives.

Raised from the dead You now live among us, You make Your home in our tabernacles, in our churches, and above all in our hearts. We are living temples of Your Holy Spirit and we acknowledge You as the One appointed by God to take away the sins of the world. 

Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

My soul's beloved, today the Church and all the members of Your Body, Your Faithful, rejoice with renewed hope and gratitude at the wonder of Your glorious Resurrection from the dead. In Your Resurrection is our hope of eternal life with the Triune God. Truly the mercy of God is unfathomable and inexhaustible. 

Raised from the dead You our glorious Lord are seated at the Right Hand of the Father and to You who are exalted by Him are given all power, all creatures bow before You and acknowledge with gladness and gratitude what the Lord has done for us and how marvellously He rescued us from the jaws of death and the gates of hell. We no longer face eternal separation through the sin of Adam but in You the New Adam we are given life. The stone rejected has now become the Cornerstone of the House of God, and is the Gate through which we enter heaven. Truly we rejoice and are glad on this day of days that the Lord has made.

Colossians 3:1-4

My soul's beloved, I no longer belong to the world. I have been raised with You who are seated beside the Living God, the God of our life. We already are in heaven for our lives are hidden in Your glorious life since we are grafted to You through Baptism. Yes, our bodies that are still in the flesh must live out our lives until the appointed time when we will sleep the sleep of death and awake to eternal life in the Kingdom to take the place that You have prepared for us. We wait with longing for that day when You will come again, this time resplendent in glory and majesty to claim all that belongs to God and we are assure of a share in Your glory because we have believed that the Father sent You into the world to ensure that where You are the rest of His children too may be.

John 20:1-9

My soul's beloved, the empty tomb is the reason for our exultant joy. Death could not hold You. Mary of Magdala, that faithful sinner who was forgiven much and so loved much, arrived in the early hours of the morning, while yet dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. Assuming that Your Body was stolen she ran to inform Peter and both he and John came running to see for themselves. Forgetting You had told them that You would rise again on the third day, they entered the tomb and found it empty, all they saw were the burial cloths. The full implication of what they had seen would not yet be realized until they saw You alive in Your resurrected body in their midst once again.

Thank You beloved for the empty tomb.

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