Bible Passage: Matthew 28:1-10: Jesus Is Risen! “Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Christ’s Love: On the third day, I rise from the dead, just as I had promised. I first appear to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, then to the disciples. Praise be to God, our Almighty Father! I have risen from the grave! I have conquered death! I have brought new life for you and for all! Easter is a day of most joyous celebration. Let us rejoice and be glad! Christ is risen!
When I appear to the disciples behind the locked doors, I tell them “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” I then breathe on them and say “receive the Holy Spirit.”
My beloved child, you have journeyed with Me through this sacred last week of My Life and My Resurrection to new life. As we culminate our journey together, I say to you just as I said to My disciples, “Peace be with you, My peace I leave with you. As the Father has sent Me, so now I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit, and be filled with My Grace and Peace.” Now is silence, listen to Me as I speak to your heart and hear the message to that I long to leave with you today.
(Quiet time for prayer and personal reflection)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Resurrected Son, Living Spirit, I thank you and I love you! Your grace is enough for me. Help me to live out your call today and for all of my days to come. Guide me to be a living remembrance of Christ’s love in the world. Amen
From The Holy Week Meditation: Inspired by the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Written by Amy Connelly
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