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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Monday of the Angel
Memory of Saint Mark. He shared the responsibility of preaching the Gospel with Barnabas and Paul and then with Peter. He is the author of the first written Gospel.

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

Matthew 28, 8-15

Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples.

And suddenly, coming to meet them, was Jesus. 'Greetings,' he said. And the women came up to him and, clasping his feet, they did him homage.

Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; there they will see me.'

Now while they were on their way, some of the guards went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened.

These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed a considerable sum of money to the soldiers

with these instructions, 'This is what you must say, "His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep."

And should the governor come to hear of this, we undertake to put things right with him ourselves and to see that you do not get into trouble.'

So they took the money and carried out their instructions, and to this day that is the story among the Jews.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel passage today is like not allowing us to leave Easter but rather remain in the day of the resurrection. Matthew shows us Jesus as he goes to meet the women while they were running toward the house where the disciples were. Jesus says to those women: "Do not be afraid, go tell my brothers to go to Galilee and there they will see me." The Teacher wants the Gospel of the resurrection to be announced and that "his brothers" meet him. This is an invitation that is made to all of his disciples. Every generation, indeed, should go to its own Galilee to meet the Risen One. However, there is no lack of those who would like to block the proclamation of Easter. The evangelist narrates that the religious leaders, fearful of the guards’ account, bribe them with money and convince them to lie, saying that the disciples had taken the body of Jesus while they were asleep. They are two opposing accounts: two poor women against the more credible guards. It is very meaningful to listen to this Gospel: the world wants the tombs sealed; lies and corruption serve it well so that the news of Jesus’ resurrection will not spread. The prince of evil is disposed to employ any tactic so that the liberating message of victory of life over death, of love for others over self-love, will not spread. Since that Easter moment, anyone who announces this news may be dragged before the kings and judges to be condemned. In our world there is a culture of death that begins at the very first years of life, which teaches us to be egoistic and to think only of ourselves, and that then becomes despise for the life of others and for those who suffer. The culture of death drugs the living, brutalizes them, snuffs them out, so that they may become slaves. The culture of death justifies the market of death: food is hidden from the hungry, drugs given to the resigned, weapons sold to the angry. And people die, people die all over the world, by different ways, believing that it happens for different reasons, but the design is the same; it is the design of the culture of death that wants men and women from an early age to be stupid and egoistic in order to make slaves of them. Intimidation and corruption want to silence the Gospel of life. They were not able to silence the Lord Jesus, so they killed him. They also want to silence his disciples. Do not be afraid! Even two poor women, completely obedient to the Gospel, are enough to overcome the intrigue of the religious leaders.

Monday of the Angel

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 18 June
Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
Monday, 19 June
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 20 June
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 21 June
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 22 June
Memory of the Church
Friday, 23 June
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 24 June
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 25 June
Liturgy of the Sunday