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LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE OF FAITH

Matthew 28: 1-10

The Resurrection

(Psalm 16:1-11; Psalm 49:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-9)

1. And in the end of the Sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, to see the sepulcher.

2 And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.

3 And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow.

4 And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men.

5 And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

6 He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid.

7 And going quickly, tell ye his disciples that he is risen: and behold he will go before you into Galilee; there you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you.

8 And they went out quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, running to tell his disciples.

9 And behold Jesus met them, saying: All hail. But they came up and took hold of his feet, and adored him.

10 Then Jesus said to them: Fear not. Go, tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, there they shall see me.

 
After having breathed His last, Our Lord was taken down from the Cross and laid in the arms of His Blessed Mother. Because the Sabbath was drawing near, proper preparations for the burial of Christ’s Body could not take place. As a temporary measure, His lifeless Body was wrapped in a linen shroud and placed in a tomb – and the embalming process would have to follow after the Sabbath. But when the women who had prepared the embalming spices and ointments came to Jesus’ tomb at the first opportunity (i.e. at dawn on the Sunday morning), they found the tomb open and no sign of Jesus’ Body because He had gloriously risen from the dead.
The Resurrection proved that Jesus was who He claimed to be – the Son of God. But it did more than simply vindicate Him and His message. Jesus died so that our sins could be forgiven; and He rose again so that death could be swallowed up in victory. This victory is applied to us when we are made partakers of His Death and Resurrection through our rebirth in the waters of baptism – that moment when our sins are washed and we rise to new life in Jesus Christ (Rom 6:1-4).
As we meditate with Our Blessed Mother on the events surrounding the Resurrection of Our Lord, may she intercede for us so that we can learn to walk more faithfully as new creatures in this truly awesome power of the Resurrection.
Our Father......

1. After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene came with the other Mary to 
inspect the tomb. (Mt. 28:1)  - Hail Mary...


2.  The angel came to the stone, rolled it back and sat on it.  (Mt. 28:2)  - Hail Mary...

3. Then the angel spoke, addressing the women:  "Do not be frightened. I know you are looking for Jesus the 
crucified, but he is not here. He has been raised, exactly as he promised."  (Mt. 28:5-6)  - Hail Mary...


4.  "He has been raised from the dead and now goes ahead of you to Galilee."  (Mt. 28:7)  - Hail Mary...

5. On the evening of the first day of the week, even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where 
they were.... Jesus came and stood before them.   "Peace be with you."  He said.  (Jn. 20:19)  - Hail Mary...


6. In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost.  (Lk. 24:37)  - Hail Mary...


7.  He said to them, "Why are you disturbed?  Look at my hands and my feet; it is really I."  (Lk. 24:38-39)
Hail Mary...


8.  At the sight of the Lord, the disciples rejoiced.  (Jn. 20:20)  - Hail Mary...

9.  "Peace be with you."  Jesus said again.  "As the Father has sent me, so I send you."  (Jn. 20:21)  
Hail Mary...


10.  "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, though he should die, will come to life."
(Jn. 11:25-26)  - Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
   


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