Saturday, April 4, 2015

Gospel commented,“This is the day of gladness and joy” Acts of the Apostles 10:34a.37-43.

Acts of the Apostles 10:34a.37-43. 
Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, "You know
what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, 
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 
We are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and (in) Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. 
This man God raised (on) the third day and granted that he be visible, 
not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 
He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. 
To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name." 

Psalms 118(117):1-2.16ab-17.22-23. 
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, 
for his mercy endures forever. 
Let the house of Israel say, 
"His mercy endures forever." 

"The right hand of the LORD is exalted; 
the right hand of the LORD has struck with power." 
I shall not die, but live, 
and declare the works of the LORD. 

The stone which the builders rejected 
has become the cornerstone. 
By the LORD has this been done; 
it is wonderful in our eyes. 

Letter to the Colossians 3:1-4. 
Brothers and sisters:  If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,  where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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.

“This is the day of gladness and joy”

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 117[118],24). It is not by chance, brethren, that today we read the Psalm in which the prophet invites us to rejoice and be glad and in which holy David invites all creation to celebrate this day. For today Christ's resurrection has opened the resting-place of the dead; the Church's newly baptised members have rejuvenated the earth; the Holy Spirit has shown us heaven. Hell, now opened, gives up its dead; its youth renewed, the earth buds forth those who are risen; and heaven opens wide to welcome those who mount up towards it.

The thief has gone up to paradise (Lk 23,43); the bodies of the saints enter the holy city (Mt 27,53)... At the resurrection of Christ all the elements, moved by a kind of momentum, are raised towards the heights. Hell hands over to the angels all those whom it was holding captive; heaven presents to the Lord all those it has received... Christ's resurrection is life for the dead, pardon for sinners, glory for the saints. Thus great David calls all creation to celebrate Christ's resurrection and encourages it to leap for joy and gladness in this day the Lord has made.

Yet you will ask..., heaven and hell have not been included in the daylight of this world, so can we expect these elements to celebrate a day that completely misses them? But the day the Lord has made penetrates all things, contains all things and encompasses at one and the same time heaven, earth and hell! Christ's light is not blocked by walls nor broken by the elements nor darkened by shadows. The light of Christ is truly a day without night, a day without end. It shines forth everywhere, radiates everywhere, remains everywhere.

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