March 28, 2016
Mt 28: 8-15
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.
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Do Not Be Afraid
What would our world be like if each of us could follow Jesus’ instruction to Mary Magdalen in today’s gospel?
What would really happen if we could live by Jesus’ words: “Do not be afraid!”
Our daily news digest is filled with the realities of fear and conflict, alienation and mistrust. Neighborhoods and nations live amidst a daily diet of anxiety and violence. Yet into each of these situations Jesus comes with these life-saving words: “Peace be with you–do not be afraid!” Before the freshness of Easter 2016 begins to fade amidst the press of our daily routine, can I commit myself to be an ambassador of peace? Can I find practical strategies to bring words of hope into the mess of a family quarrel or neighborhood unrest? Help me take confidence in the psalm verse we read today: “You will show me the path of life, fullness of you in your presence.”
—The Jesuit prayer team
I bless the Lord who counsels me; even in the night my heart instructs me.
I set the Lord ever before me; with God at my right hand I will not be disturbed.
O Lord, you are my allotted portion and my cup; it is you who hold fast my lot.
—From Psalm 16
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