Father Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for Monday in the Octave of Easter,
April 10, 2023, Matthew 28:8-15,
Matthew reports that the Angel told the women that Jesus had risen from the dead, and then he told them to go and tell the disciples. They are overjoyed that Jesus rose from the dead and fearful because they didn’t understand. What will be his disciple’s response?
Now let’s take careful notice that as they were on their way, Jesus stood before them without warning, greeting them with peace and telling them, “Do not be afraid.” He completely understands the dilemma, yet he tells them to report to his brothers that they will see him in Galilee.
I find this very compelling. At the end of our Easter Mass, Jesus told us through the priest to go and tell others about our experience over the last three days.
Have we reflected enough on what happened to us as we celebrated the Paschal mystery? What were our thoughts as we experienced Jesus washing the feet of our fellow parishioners through the priest?
What did we feel as our youth acted out the living Stations of the Cross and we heard the door slam to that tomb after they carried His body from the Cross? What did we experience when we heard the stone was rolled away from the grave on Easter Sunday as it is rolled away in our hearts – keeping us from God and each other?
Before we share anything with others, two things are essential – first, we reflect on what we’ve experienced with Jesus, and second, as we are on our way to share this, we will meet Jesus, who will tell us,
“Do not be afraid! Go and carry the news to my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, where they will see me.”
Twice Jesus lets us know that we are not alone when we share our faith and our love for Him with others. He will always be with us! Trust Him. You will be surprised.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC