11 February 2012                        


Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 28:


The Resurrection of Jesus


1 After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week (Sunday), Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.


2 And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.


3 His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow.


4 The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men.


5 But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, 'There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.


6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay,


7 then go quickly and tell his disciples, "He has risen from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him." Look! I have told you.'


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


9 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.


10 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.'


The Report of the Guard


11 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.


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


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


14 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.'


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


The Commissioning of the Disciples


16 Meanwhile the eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them.


17 When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated.


18 Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.


19 Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the

Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,


20 and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'


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Our Reflections:

Jesus said that He would be with us always. Have you wondered how?


Jesus, the faithful Son of God will never lie to us. Here’s the proof of the aforesaid words spoken by Him:


1. He is present in the Eucharistic Celebration (Holy Mass), where He continues to feed us with His Body and His Blood, see Encouragements-10.  This is the beautiful proof of His love to us, his beloved: He, the lover will always want to be with the beloved; instead of leaving his beloved something to keep as a remembrance, He becomes the food for us to consume in Holy Mass, where we could live in Him. And that’s how we become brothers and sisters in Him, because all of us have Him common in us: His Flesh and Blood.

2. He also said, ‘ ... For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them.’  See Matthew, Chapter 18:20  .

Here’s similar records found in the Gospel of Mark:


Extracted from Mark, Chapter 16:


The Resurrection of Jesus


1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him.


2 And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen.


3 They had been saying to one another, 'Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?'


4 But when they looked they saw that the stone - which was very big - had already been rolled back.


5 On entering the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement.


6 But he said to them, 'There is no need to be so amazed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him.


7 But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter, "He is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him, just as he told you." '


8 And the women came out and ran away from the tomb because they were frightened out of their wits; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene


9 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 (7) devils.


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


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


Jesus Appears to 2 Disciples


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


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


Jesus Commissions the Disciples


14 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.


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


16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.


17 These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues;


18 they will pick up snakes in their hands and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.'


The Ascension of Jesus


19 And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven; there at the right hand of God he took his place,


20 while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.



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