Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 21, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 28:8-15

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

f3f030cb87dc24f8c49c59779ec51807_w600While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The first words Jesus speaks after his resurrection are the words recorded in today’s gospel passage from Matthew, words of consolation and hope spoken to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary: “Do not be afraid.” Do not be afraid of our past, because it is the wounds that we have suffered that allow our inner darkness to become a light to guide others. Do not be afraid of God, because our fear of God blocks our return to God when we fail. Do not be afraid of even death, which after all is nothing other than the joyous opening of God’s arms to receive us. The great 20th century desert hermit Charles de Foucauld once wrote, “The one thing we owe absolutely to God is never to be afraid of anything.” Being unafraid is trusting that we can find God in all things, and finding God in all things is so important that the first thing that Jesus says after the central event in human history is we should not be afraid.

Spiritual reading: For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ. (Brennan Manning)


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