Monday, April 1, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Reflection:  Mary Magdalene is visited first by the two angels, and then by our Lord Himself at the tomb, yet she still does not “see” our Lord or trust in His rising.  It is not until Jesus calls out to her that she recognizes Him standing right in front of her.  We too can fail to see God’s messengers in our lives, and fail to see God himself because we are too preoccupied with our own notion of our life’s events and plans.  How often must God call out to us before we recognize his presence in our lives?

Reflection for younger saints:  Mary Magdalene does not recognize Jesus at first or understand why two angels are in the tomb.  Sometimes we don’t recognize when God is working in our lives either.

Big Picture:  God is standing before us if we take the time to see Him.

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What did Mary Magdalene find in the tomb where Jesus’ body had been?  Did Mary Magdalene recognize Jesus at first?  Who did Mary Magdalene think Jesus was at first? 
     Older saints:  Why did Mary Magdalene fail to recognize the significant of the angels or even Jesus’ own presence at the tomb?  (She was too consumed by sadness and her own perception of what had happened.  She fails to see or trust in the miracle of Christ’s rising.)  Do we sometimes fail to “see” God in our lives because we are blinded by our own plans for perceptions?

Fun Fact: 

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Francis of Paola
     What they are remembered for:  St. Francis of Paola enjoyed the contemplative life and strived to be “least in the household of God.”  At the age of 20 he began to live the life of a contemplative hermit.  After drawing a number of followers, he was given permission to found the Hermits of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Later in his life he also assisted in a number of political matters.
     Feast day:  April 2
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