Friday, March 29, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Reflection:  Today we see a stark contrast in reactions to the news of Jesus’ rising from the dead.  We read of Mary Magdalene and Mary who were “fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news.”  We also read of the chief priests who continue to suppress Jesus and the story of His life by paying the soldiers to lie about what happened to Jesus body.  The common theme between all of these people, though, is their belief that Jesus rose from the dead.  Even now, after crucifying Him, the chief priests are threatened by Jesus.  Does this not speak to the amazing power of our Lord?  How do we react to Jesus’ presence in our lives?  Are you “fearful yet overjoyed,” or are you constantly trying to push Jesus from your life because He is inconveniencing your plans?

Reflection for younger saints:  Jesus has risen from the dead and He appeared to Mary Magdalene and Mary.  They were very happy to see Jesus.  The chief priests paid the soldiers to lie about Jesus’ rising from the dead.

Big Picture:  He is risen!

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Who did Jesus appear to?  What did the chief priests do when they heard Jesus rose from the dead?
     Older saints:  Reflect on the different reactions of Mary Magdalene and Mary and the chief priests to the news of Jesus’s rising from the dead.  How do you react to Jesus’ presence in your life?  Does it vary depending on the situation?  Are you more like Mary Magdalene and Mary in times of struggle, but more like the chief priests during “good times?”

Fun Fact:  The First Reading is always taken from the Old Testament, except during the Easter season, when it is taken from the Acts of the Apostles.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Hugh of Grenoble
     What they are remembered for:  St. Hugh of Grenoble served as a bishop in France for over 52 years.  His time as a priest and bishop was filled with much difficulty, as corruption in society and in the Church was very much present during his day.  While he tried to escape the struggle of reforming such corruption, the Pope guided him in his calling to strengthen the Church and his people.
     Feast day:  April 1
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