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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Mark 16, 9-15

Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils.

She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them.

But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him.

After this, he showed himself under another form to two of them as they were on their way into the country.

These went back and told the others, who did not believe them either.

Lastly, he showed himself to the Eleven themselves while they were at table. He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy, because they had refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

And he said to them, 'Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Like John, the evangelist Mark also writes that the risen Jesus first appears to Mary Magdalene. This woman, whom Jesus had free from seven demons, becomes the "first" person to announce the resurrection. She, who "had loved much," and consequently had much forgiven, receives the privilege of being the first disciple of the Risen One and the first person given the task of announcing the resurrection. Once again demonstrating their small-mindedness, the apostles do not believe her; they are still slaves of the mentality of this world and above all of their forgetfulness. Immediately after his resurrection, the Lord uses the weakness of this woman to confound the disciples’ presumption. With great spiritual wisdom, the Byzantine tradition calls her the "apostle of the apostles." In a few lines, the evangelist reports Jesus’ encounter with the two disciples of Emmaus (narrated much more extensively by Luke) and repeats that he had not yet appeared to the apostles, that is, to those whom he had placed as leaders of his Church. And once again the apostles do not want to believe the two disciples when they tell them what happened. The evangelist seems to want to underline the difficulty people have had believing in the resurrection from the very beginning of the Church, from the first day. In any case, the difficulties and the unbelief that the disciples encounter should not hold back the haste to proclaim Jesus’ victory over death to all. Every disciple is entrusted with the serious and uplifting responsibility of communicating Jesus’ resurrection, his victory over evil and death. It is not an accident that the first people to announce the resurrection are not the apostles, but a woman and two anonymous disciples. It is as if to say that it is every believer’s responsibility to communicate the Gospel of Easter to all.


04/30/2011
Prayer of Easter


Calendar of the week
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Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday
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Monday, 5 December
Prayer for the Sick
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Memory of the Mother of the Lord
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Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
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Memory of Jesus crucified
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Liturgy of the Sunday

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