Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 19, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 27:57-66

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained sitting there, facing the tomb.

The next day, the one following the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember that this impostor while still alive said, ‘After three days I will be raised up.’ Give orders, then, that the grave be secured until the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ This last imposture would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “The guard is yours; go secure it as best you can.” So they went and secured the tomb by fixing a seal to the stone and setting the guard.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Sometimes in the moments of our deepest grief shared with God, we sit, waiting and listening, only to encounter silence. There are no prophetic words, no visions, no angels–just silence. But silence does not mean absence; God is present, maybe not saying anything, but never more present. When Jesus was on the cross and experienced the deep sense of abandonment, the Father was never more present and the pathos of God was never more aroused. No one can relieve us fully of our pain–no one can truly understand it. But God meets us there–God is present in our silence. Holy Saturday doesn’t get much press. It is sort of wedged between the activities of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Perhaps we rush it and miss the poignancy of Holy Saturday, but it is really where most of us live our lives most of our days; it is comforting to know that the Creator of the universe, the all powerful God, also went through Holy Saturday, and when we go through ours, God is more than qualified to meet us there.

Spiritual reading: Easter, with its grace of interior resurrection, is the radical healing of the human condition. Lent, which prepares us for this grace, is about what needs to be healed. (The Mystery of Christ by Thomas Keating)


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