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Gospel commentary by Father Eamon Tobin.
National Shrine Mass begins April 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
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The meaning of the resurrection
“[While growing up], the Resurrection was very much for me an individualistic thing. It meant that one day I was going to die, but me, Helen, my ego was going to come through intact. Then I’d be in heaven somewhere in glory. But I’m just basically not going to change drastically, I’m just going to be me… an individualistic approach to religion. But over the years, as the community has reflected, we have moved away from that individualistic conception of resurrection and the afterlife into one of personal transformation, of being able to move past our ego and our selfishness into a state of love and into a state of community.”
CATHOLIC WOMEN PREACH – April 12, 2020
From the Homiletic Directory
- CCC 638-655, 989, 1001-1002: the Resurrection of Christ and our resurrection
- CCC 647, 1167-1170, 1243, 1287: Easter, the Lord’s Day
- CCC 1212: the Sacraments of Initiation
- CCC 1214-1222, 1226-1228, 1234-1245, 1254: Baptism
- CCC 1286-1289: Confirmation
- CCC 1322-1323: Eucharist
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Catholic Inspiration by Fr. Andrew Ricci
In the light of that first Easter day the disciples were transformed as they began to comprehend the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Freed from the fear of sin and death, they embraced their faith and changed the world. May we continue to follow their example as we allow Easter joy to fill our hearts and renew our lives.
Be with the Word by Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter
The Road to Emmaus by Scott Hahn
EXCERPT — What does it take to believe in the Resurrection? Many might respond saying, “If we had only been there.” If we had found the empty tomb, how would we have responded? As today’s Gospel reveals, all we have in this story is the account of reactions to that tomb, which changed people’s lives both then and now. Some who saw it believed that Jesus had risen. On this day, we rejoice and we ponder the blessings of this astounding mystery.
NCR SUNDAY RESOURCES – Joan DeMerchant
EXCERPT – Easter is certainly a joyful feast. But the beginning of Easter is emptiness. There is not a gospel writer who tells the story of Easter by beginning with the risen Christ. Every gospel writer begins with the empty tomb. The gospel we just heard from Matthew proves this point. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary come. But what they first see is not Jesus but the empty tomb, and they hear the angel’s announcement. Only then do they encounter the risen Christ and embrace him… Whatever your emptiness is, do not deny it—claim it. Emptiness is not a liability. It is an opportunity. When we claim our emptiness we own our dependence on God. When we claim our need we open the door to Easter. The Risen Christ calls us to new life. Let us stand before him today in our emptiness and let his resurrection in.
BUILDING ON THE WORD – Fr. George Sigma
EXCERPT — The Easter Sunday Gospel is, at best, a half-story. Hearing it is like listening to a 4-year-old report on his day: lots of details, little plot and not much of a conclusion…John tells us this confusing Easter morning story to crack open our certainties — our logic and law — and to assure us that it’s OK to be confused, broken-hearted, afraid and ready to bury all hope. John is teaching that we’re not going to understand the resurrection until we fully face the tragedy of the evil that seems powerful enough to break us.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER – Mary M. McGlone, CSJ