Monday in the Octave of Easter

(Mt 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.”

While 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.

The resurrection of the Lord provoked a lot of emotions. For His followers who first knew of it (the women who went to His tomb) it was fear and joy. It is a combination of the different range of feelings because not one feeling can encapsulate it. There is a renewed spring in their steps. The dark harrowing nights of the passion and death of the Lord is now a thing of the past. Life triumphed from the death-dealing blow of sin and is now standing in front of them. They can share this good news to their brethren so that they too may experience the joy that is theirs that blessed dawn of the first day of the week.

Not so for the soldiers who were caught flat footed at the tremendous energy that burst inside the tomb because of the life that came charging forth from it. They cannot contain that life. They left scampering not knowing what to do and reported the incident to the chief priests. This is a crisis situation. They must use their effective tool again. So the life they took for thirty pieces of silver is one again denied as coming back by some pieces of silver that changed hands.

Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CFM.


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