Monday 13 April 2020
Acts 2:14, 22-23. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope – Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-11. Matthew 28:8-15.
The evangelists are imbued with the Holy Spirit
In today’s Gospel Jesus comes to Mary of Magdalene and the other Mary and asks them to tell the disciples that he will see them in Galilee. They are the first evangelists of Jesus’ rise from the dead. Politically this is not a desirable message, so guards are bribed to tell a different story. How familiar that sounds in today’s world of partisan politics and media, where truth is often hidden by conflicting stories and values. Chronologically, the first reading occurs six weeks after the Gospel when Peter stands up and addresses the crowd bearing brave witness to the resurrected Christ. The Holy Spirit has imbued him with the strength to speak the truth. I pray for the strength to always speak the truth of God’s love and saving power.