Are you a witness to the risen Christ? A messenger?

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 1, 2011
Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118; 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

For 8 days now, since last Sunday, we have been celebrating the fact that Christ is risen from the dead!—a fact that was first discovered when St. Mary Magdalene and other women went to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty. There was no dead body; only the burial cloths remained. And there were angels, who they saw there and who told them the good news.

Now the word for angel in the original Greek of the New Testament is angelos, which literally means “messenger.” And how fitting that these powerful, immortal creatures should be called messengers, since this is one of the most important jobs they fulfill for the Lord. [CCC 328, 330] And that is why they were at the empty tomb: to tell the women, “He is not here, for he has been raised.” [Matt 28:6] And also to commission the women as messengers: “Go quickly and tell his disciples…” Which they did. And so a whole chain of message-carrying begins with the angels. (more…)

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