March 30, 2013

The Gospel Today

Holy Saturday – Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Lk 24: 1-12

At daybreak on the first day of the week
the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus
took the spices they had prepared
and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb;
but when they entered,
they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, behold,
two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.
They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.
They said to them,
“Why do you seek the living one among the dead?
He is not here, but he has been raised.
Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee,
that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners
and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”
And they remembered his words.
Then they returned from the tomb
and announced all these things to the eleven
and to all the others.
The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James;
the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles,
but their story seemed like nonsense
and they did not believe them.
But Peter got up and ran to the tomb,
bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone;
then he went home amazed at what had happened.
Reflection (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)

Every time we hear news and are given the chance to choose which will be first – the good or the bad news; probably we will prefer the good news  so that we will gain positive vibes in preparation for the bad news.

Today’s Gospel, the original Good News was proclaimed, that is Jesus’ resurrection. He was crucified and on the third day, He rose from the dead. The Gospel today is inviting us to live as resurrected people.

Here in the seminary, sometimes I have difficulty forgiving other people because of our differences. In some way I do not understand them or I choose not to understand. But through confession and spiritual direction I am able to have a clear mind of the true meaning of forgiveness that even God forgives us no matter how sinful we are in Christian living.

Lastly, the invitation for us is to believe and proclaim the good news of Jesus’ resurrection even in small ways. As a seminarian, the only thing that I can do is to study and grab all the opportunities to learn in order to catechize about our Christian faith. Surrendering myself to the formation process greatly helps me to strengthen my vocation to the calling of priesthood.

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