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Showing posts with label Easter Octave. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter Octave. Show all posts

Saturday within Octave of Easter, April 10

 Saturday within Octave of Easter, April 10

Acts 4:13-21 / Mark 16:9-15     

Jesus instructs his disciples; "Proclaim the gospel to all creatures. " 

The capital of Texas is named after Stephen Austin, an early pioneer who founded numerous settlements in Texas. Austin didn't like preachers and tried to keep them out of his towns.

Friday within Easter Octave, April 9

 Friday within Easter Octave, April 9

Acts 4:1-12 / John 21:1-14

They catch 153 fish; The net didn't break.

 A preacher was fond of the technique of dividing his sermon into several major points. For example, he'd begin by referring to the "five smooth stones" that David used to defeat Goliath. Then he'd divide his sermon into five points. Or he'd begin by referring to the "seven days of creation" and then divide his sermon into seven points. One day his congregation nearly had joint heart failure when he began by referring to the "153 fish" that Peter caught in his net. 

Thursday within the Octave of Easter, April 8

 Thursday within the Octave of Easter, April 8

Acts 3:11-26 / Luke 24:35-48

Jesus instructs his disciples; You are to be my witnesses. 

Jesus underscores three things in this reading.

(1)               the reality of the resurrection,

(2)               the necessity of the cross, and

(3)               the urgency of the task of preaching the Good News to all nations.

Easter Octave: April 5-10, 2021:

 Easter Octave: April 5-10, 2021:

5 Monday: Mt 28:8-15: 

The context: Today’s Gospel describes how the two Marys who had been at the foot of the cross – Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” (sister or cousin of Jesus’ mother) – went to the tomb of Jesus early on Sunday morning. They were shocked at seeing an open tomb without Jesus’ body in it. As they ran back with fear and joy to report the news to the apostles, the risen Jesus greeted them and told them to inform the apostles that he would meet them in Galilee. The guards, too, went to the chief priests to report the Resurrection of Jesus. But they were promptly silenced by the Temple authorities who bribed them to spread the false news that Jesus’ body had been stolen by his disciples.

Wednesday within Octave of Easter, April 7

 Wednesday within Octave of Easter, April 7

Acts 3:1-10 / Luke 24:13-45

Two disciples welcome a stranger; The stranger turned out to be Jesus. 

The Emmaus episode dramatizes three of the ways that people encountered the risen Jesus: in the broken brother, the broken word, and the broken bread.

Tuesday Within Easter Octave, April 6

 Tuesday Within Easter Octave, April 6

Acts 2:36-41 / John 20:11-18

Jesus speaks to Mary of Magdala; "Stop holding on to me."

A mother had just returned from driving her only son to the college hostel. She walked into his empty room, clutching a note he had written her. She began to cry uncontrollably, realizing that his new world at college would never be her world—their world. Finally, after a long cry, she let go of the note and let it fall to the floor.

Monday within Easter Octave, April 5

 Monday within Easter Octave, April 5

Acts 2:14, 22-33 / Matthew 28:8-15 

Guards say Jesus' body was stolen; This story still circulates. 

President Lincoln's coffin was opened twice. The first time was in 1887, twenty-two years after his assassination. Rumours began sweeping the country that the coffin did not contain Lincoln's body. The body was checked and verified to be that of Lincoln. The casket was resealed with lead. Fourteen years later, a new wave of rumours began to sweep the country. Again, the coffin was opened and shown to contain the body of Lincoln. This time the casket was not only resealed but also permanently embedded in a crypt in Springfield, Illinois. Similar rumours circulated about Jesus' body. The only difference was that Jesus' body was indeed missing. The rumours dealt with what happened to it.