Monday of the Angel

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Monday of the Angel


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 Church does not want us to leave Easter but rather urges us to remain in the day of the resurrection. The women have just received the news of the resurrection from the angel who invites them to go immediately to the disciples. "So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples" (v.8). While they run toward the house where the disciples were, Jesus goes towards them and says to those women almost the same words of the angel: "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 to his disciples whom he calls "his brothers", as if to underline the desire of a new familiarity with them. Easter must represent a new rebirth for all the disciples. Nevertheless, there are those who would like to block Easter and its force for change so that everything would remain the same as always. 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. The Gospel presents two opposing accounts: that of two poor women against that of the more credible guards. The world wants the tombs sealed; lies and corruption serve it well so that the news of Jesus' resurrection will not spread. Since that first Easter, anyone who announces this news may be dragged before kings and judges to be condemned. And unfortunately, today there are still many Christians who suffer because of Easter. This is the meaning of the attacks that at times hit the Christians who gather on Sunday celebrations. It is a culture of death that spreads in many ways hits Christians in their hearts, Easter. This culture becomes disregard for every life. The culture of death drugs the living, brutalizes them, and snuffs them out, so that they become slaves. The culture of death justifies the market of death: food is hidden from the hungry, drugs are given to the resigned, and weapons are sold to the angry. And people die, all over the world, by different ways, we may believe for different reasons. But the design is the same: that of the culture of death that wants men and women from an early age to be stupid and egoistic slaves. They also want to silence his disciples. Let us not be afraid! The Gospel of Easter shows to us that even two poor women, completely obedient to the Gospel, are enough to overcome the schemes of the religious leaders and to put into motion in history the dynamism of love of Jesus' resurrection.