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Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2A & 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Matthew 28:8-15
Behold, rejoice, for Jesus has risen. Peter proclaims in the first reading
that God raised Jesus up to gives us hope. ˈYou have made known to me
the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.ˉ The Psalms
continue our yearning for to be grounded, ˈkeep me safe, O God; you are
my hope. You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your pres-
ence, the delights at your right hand foreverˉ. Then Matthew reaffirms our
doubts and urges us to believe in the risen Christ for he tells us, ˈDo not
be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
We have come out of the darkness and have been shown the light. The
season is turning. Every day, we receive a little more daylight. Flowers are
popping with vibrant colors. Leaf buds and springing up everywhere.
Green vegetation and the wonderful essence of lilacs, jasmine and garde-
nias fill the air. Life is good. I can have coffee again (what I gave up for
Lent) and even the darkness of the early morning seems more peaceful.
We started on our journey on Ash Wednesday, continued each Sunday
(some Fridays with the stations of the cross), and spent time meditating
from Palm Sunday, through Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sun-
day. Yet, during the past several weeks, have you taken time to ask your-
self, ˈHow deep is my faith?ˉ Peters tells us of the risen Jesus to give us
hope. We ask God to keep us safe and following his path will bring us joy.
Matthew continues Jesus˅ words for us to ˈnot to be afraidˉ and to tell
others of the glory. So how do we handle the times when we are anxious,
confused, bewildered, sad, mistrusting, judgmental, or deceptive? How