Daily Reflection – Mar 28, 2016
Monday 28 March 2016
First Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33
Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope
Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 28:8-15
Today’s Note: Monday in the Octave of Easter
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.
Never give up on hope.
Peter challenges the Jews in today’s Gospel: ‘You crucified the One who came to save us from our sins, but he was raised up. This is a challenge for me, to never give up hope, even if my hope at times seems crucified. In the busy-ness of life, in times of seemingly crushing disappointment, we hear Peter’s words ‘but he was raised up’. My crucified, risen Jesus, thank you for showing us that in the worst of the worst circumstances, our hope is found in you. That what often does not make sense from the world’s view, will certainly make sense from heaven’s view.