Monday – Eastern octave
Act 2, 14.22-33; Psalm 15; Mt 28, 8-15
Today’s reading are in continuity with yesterday’s as we are celebrating the octave of eastern, the event of Jesus’ resurrection is so great that we continue to celebrate it for 8 days.
Saint Peter, moved by the Holy Spirit announces to the crowd that was gathered in Jerusalem during the feast of Pentecost the Resurrection of Jesus, he reminds them how the Lord was recognized by God, and how His miracles amd prodigies were signs of His Greatness.
The death on a cross wasn’t the end of Jesus, on the contrary it was all for seen by God, as the prophets confirm.
In this speech saint Peter wants to let clear once and for all, Jesus has risen from the death according to the eternal plan of salvation
The Gospel makes an echoe of this, the women who had humbly and bravely had stood near to the cross and had came to annoint the body of the victim, had the privilege to seen the Lord resurrected, they are one of the firsts witnesses of the Glory of Jesus, their faithfulness has been rewarded. The plans of the enemies of Jesus to deny this great event are also a confirmation (per negationis) of his resurrection, why to trouble themselves if it hadn’t been a big deal?
The psalm 15 gives us a beautiful perspective of the Resurrection, as Jesus has abandoned himself on the Father, choosing Him above all else in spite of all the suffering, we are to abandone ourselves too choosing him by living our new life as baptized in a radical way, (and I say radical because we are going to the roots , to the Love of God for humankind, that is way different than being a extremist that forget their roots and lose themselves in the branches)
We abandoned ourselves in the Father’s love to die to our old self and to live in Jesus life, as beloved sons and daughters of God.
Let us pray to the Lord that meditating and worshiping his greatness in the Resurrection of Jesus, we can be enlightened by him in order to live the new life that He has given us.
Note: the painting is from Masolino da Panicale (s. XIV) and present saint Peter’s preaching.