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How shall I make Jesus’ Resurrection meaningful in my daily life?

Reading: Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” Matthew 28:10.
Good morning, Happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
We see in today’s Gospel (Matthew 28:8-15) the disciples’ experience of Jesus Resurrection-the great joy of Resurrection and life overcoming fear. We also see in the Gospel the chief priests who paid the soldiers to tell the people that the disciples stole Jesus’ body because they did not want the good news of Resurrection to spread.
We might be surprised that the Gospels, which describe the Passion in such minute detail, do not describe the Resurrection at all. Today’s reading speaks of the empty tomb, and describes when the Risen Jesus met his friends. Jesus tells the apostles to return to Galilee, it is there they will meet him, when they are back in their ordinary life. I too can only encounter Jesus and the power of his Resurrection in my ordinary life.
It seems strange that the authorities were ready to pay money to hide the fact of the Resurrection. Yet it is such a momentous event that turns upside down many of our usual ways of seeing things, that it is better to offer an implausible explanation than deal with its reality. I ask for the gift of faith, an open heart ready to meet the Risen Jesus.
The disciples left the tomb “with fear and great joy” – a strange mix of emotions. We should not be surprised if we find ourselves unsettled by the Resurrection. If mystery and wonder are not present as I consider the Resurrection, I have settled for something other than the Good News. I speak to God about how I feel as Jesus comes to meet me.
Jesus sends his brothers to Galilee - a journey they will surely make nervously and with hope. Jesus invites me to move forward in the same way, sure that he is ready to meet me too. Why did the resurrection not transform everything immediately? Because God works silently, patiently and in a hidden way with us. We are being prepared for eternal life with God, and that is not the work of a moment but of a lifetime. I ask God that day by day I may grow in love. When my love grows the resurrection gains ground in me and in the world.
The women left the tomb with joy, interpreting the emptiness positively; having gone to care for the dead, they realized their task was to announce the living. So it was that they were able to meet Jesus and to receive from him a new mission.
I ask God to help me in this Easter season to leave behind what does not lead me to life. I think of how baptism saves me and points me in a new direction. A question we should ask ourselves: How shall I make Jesus’ Resurrection meaningful in my daily life?

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Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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