After Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom He had driven out seven demons. She went and reported the news to his followers, who were now mourning and weeping. But when they heard that He lived and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After this He showed himself in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. These men too went back and told the others, but they did not believe them. Later Jesus showed himself to the Eleven while they were at table. He reproached them for their unbelief and stubbornness in refusing to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. Then he told them, «Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation».
No one can live alone a Christian faith. We are a community of faithful or believers, not a group of individuals. Thus, we have an obligation of sharing our faith experience to encourage one another. It is in this same community which loves and takes care of every individual members, particularly the weaker ones in compassion that the external world identifies the miracle of new life, a life of love and charity.
Jesus wishes that we announce this witnessing Good News to the world. It is in this witnessing life that we can be effectively proclaim the Good News of living God, even today, in this lockdown period. We have to be a people of hope and endurance, because we feel and convinced that Christ is still alive and our personal life is animated by the Holt Spirit. It is in this personal and convinced life, filled with joy of the Gospel that we can assure others, those who don’t have faith, to search in us the source of our joy and happiness: Christ is Risen.
Action of the day: Be a sign of joy and hope to others.
«Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation»
Fr. Jacques PHILIPPE
(Cordes sur Ciel, France)
Today, relying on the risen Jesus, we must rediscover the Gospel as the "Good News". The Gospel is not a law that tyrannizes us. Occasionally, we may have fallen into the temptation of thinking that non-Christians are more tranquil than us and do what they want, whereas we have to abide by a list of commandments. This is a merely superficial view of things.
Personally, one of my biggest concerns is that the Gospel may always be presented as good news, happy news that fills our hearts with joy and consolation.
The teaching of Jesus is certainly demanding, but Thérèse of the Child Jesus helps us to really perceive it as a good news, since for her the Gospel is nothing but the revelation of God’s tenderness, of God’s mercy with each one of His children, and it points out to the laws of life that lead to happiness. The center of Christian life is to welcome with appreciation the kindness and the goodness of God - revelation of his merciful love - and allow us to be transformed by this love.
The spiritual journey taken by Saint Thérèse, the "little way", is an authentic way of holiness, a path with room for all, made in such a way that no one can get discouraged, neither the humblest nor the, poorest or more sinner. Thérèse anticipates thus the Vatican II Council that strongly affirms that holiness is not an exceptional way, but a call to all Christians, which nobody should be excluded from. Up to the most vulnerable and miserable men can respond to the call to holiness.
This Holiness consists of a «way all about confidence and love». Thus, «it is your arms, Jesus, which are the lift to carry me to Heaven (…).You, my God, have exceeded my hope, and I would like to sing your mercies' (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).