April 1, Monday in Octave of Easter
Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope. — Psalm 15:1
Mass Readings: Acts 2:14,22-33/Mt 28:8-15
Fearful Yet Overjoyed
During the Octave of Easter, the Gospel readings encourage us to reflect on the Resurrection. Yet each reading highlights different facets of this central event of our faith. Today we hear that the two Marys, on being told by the angel that Jesus had risen, went away from the tomb “fearful yet overjoyed.”
Those conflicting emotions seem to be our natural response to the miraculous: the birth of a child; the realization that we are truly loved by someone who sees us as we are; no doubt the last moments of life, as one existence fades and another grows brighter. When I feel fear and joy collide, I need to pay attention because there’s no stronger sign that I’m in the presence of God.
Prayer: Lord, remind me that I need never fear Your face.
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