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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

The evangelist Mark also, along with John, writes that the risen Jesus appears first to Mary Magdalene. This woman, who Jesus had liberated from the seven demons, becomes the “first” announcer of the resurrection. She, “who had loved much” and who for this reason had been forgiven greatly, receives the privilege of being the first disciple of the Risen One and the first to whom is given the task of announcing the resurrection. The apostles, again showing their narrow-mindedness, do not believe her. Again they are slaves to the mentality of this world and above all to their forgetfulness. From the moment of his resurrection, the Lord avails himself of her weakness to confound the presumption of the disciples. The Byzantine tradition with great spiritual wisdom calls her “the apostle of the apostles.” In just a few lines the evangelist recounts Jesus’ encounter with the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke’s narration is more stretched out) and underscores that he had not yet appeared to the apostles—that is, to those he had charged with guiding his Church. Again, the apostles do not want to believe the two disciples who were telling them what had happened to them. The evangelist seems to want to stress the difficulty in believing in the resurrection from the very beginning of the Church, from the very first day. In any case, the difficulties and incredulity that the disciples encounter cannot stop the haste of announcing to all Jesus’ victory over death. Entrusted to each disciple is the serious and exultant task of communicating the resurrection of Jesus, his victory over evil and death. It is not by chance that the first announcers of the resurrection were not the apostles, but a woman and two anonymous disciples. It is as if to say that it is the task of each believer to communicate to all the Gospel of Easter.


04/06/2013
Prayer of Easter


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