April 13: Monday of Easter Week

Jerome Nadel, Christ Appears to the Women, ADNOTATIONES ET MEDITATIONES IN EVANGELIA, 1595

Gospel: Matthew 28:8-15

Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me (NRSV, Mt 28:10).”

Let us pray.

Father, your apostle Paul teaches us that an apostle is one who has seen the risen Lord and is then sent to bring the good news to others. Paul understood himself as the least but also the last of the apostles, one born out of undue time.

In Matthew’s gospel, then, the first of the apostles are the two Maries, the holy women who went to anoint the body of Christ, who encountered Jesus in his risen body and were told to bring the good news of his resurrection to the others.

Father, as you bless the holy women who were the first to be sent, may we who have also received the good news of Jesus’ resurrection in our time so respond to the same blessing that we may be effective instruments of your grace to all of our sisters and brothers.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

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