Easter Monday 2011

Easter Monday 2011 Mass Readings for today are here

Gospel :  Matthew 28 : 8-15

He Qi- Source

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,

fearful yet overjoyed,

and ran to announce the news to his disciples.

Detail of Christ's foot from Stained Glass in the Church of the Ascension, Timoleague, Co. Cork

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.

I can't help but notice that it was as they were running away that Jesus met the two 
How many times have I run away from the tomb too with a mixture of fear and joy?
How many of us women are eager to spread the "good news " of our hopes and dreams and desires of resurrection and new life but are afraid of what we will encounter when we meet the BIG "brothers?!"

But Jesus says : " Do not be afraid. 
Go ahead and tell them and I'll be right there behind 

Now that is something that gives me a lot of hope...

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