Friday, April 14, 2017



 FIRST READING  – Acts  10:34. 37-43

-        Peter is now at Cornelius home, Cornelius is a gentile. 

-        In his dream Peter heard the voice telling him to kill and eat from some of those animals who were considered impure by the tradition of Israel. Peter does not understand why he has to eat  impure meat. He does not want to eat, he refuses for three times. Then somebody knocks at the door where Peter is, they are the people Cornelius sent asking for Peter. 

-        Peter goes to Cornelius’ and preaches about Jesus. He had preached that same sermon before, but to a Jewish audience, now it is gentile audience. 

-        He explains all that had happened all over Judea about Jesus of Nazareth, beginning in Galilee.   Galilee is home for Jesus and for his disciples, after his resurrection he will summon them to Galilee.  We too need to return to the place of our first encounter with the Lord, it is not a physical returning to a given place, but a spiritual returning where we feel at home with the Lord.  

-        He goes on telling them how Jesus went about doing good, how he had been anointed by the Spirit. 

-        He explains how Jesus was condemned to die on the cross, but God raised him on the third day. 

-        Peter tells Cornelius and his household that whoever believes in Jesus will be granted the forgiveness of sis. 

-        This is the reason for the Incarnation; to reconcile us with the Father forgiving our sins, which he takes on him. Jesus has come to give life to us revealing the Father, but we do not like that kind of God who is always loving, forgiving, welcoming; because he calls us to do the same. 

-        In this account about Cornelius we see the first fruits of the redemption among the gentiles.    

 Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

R. (24) This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
"His mercy endures forever."
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
 "The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD."
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
 The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

« This psalm sings the triumph of Jesus our God over death and sin.

« We thank him because he is good

« Because his right hand is powerful

« He is the cornerstone rejected by the builders

GOSPEL – John  20,1-9

-        Mary Magdalene is the first witness of the resurrection.

-        She finds out that the stone has been moved away. John does not say that Mary enters into the tomb, but, that she ran to inform Peter and the other disciple … about the tomb. 

-        Her word is accepted and Peter with the other disciple start out their way to the tomb. 

-        The other disciple which the evangelist identifies as “the beloved disciple, or the disciple who was a dear friend of Jesus.” 

o    This disciple arrives to the tomb before Peter

o   But he does not enter, he waits for Peter who on arriving enters first.   

o   When the beloved disciple can enter, the author of the Gospel says, that he “saw and believed.”  

o   What did he see?  The empty tomb.   

o   What did he believe?  The resurrection     

§  Luis Alonso Schöekel, a Bible scholar, says that more than believe, what the Greek verb  says is that he began to believe. 

§  This belief is still very weak, it is the faith of a beginner, because it rests on the experience of empty tomb, not yet in the word of Jesus.  Our faith has also grown from a very small concrete fact, but later little by little this faith has become adult and strong, there is no more need for concrete material or spiritual experiences, but it is based on faith alone.

§  The Gospel passage ends saying that they went home, their faith was too small for driving them  to go and preach the good news.    


Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful  praises!

 A lamb the sheep redeems: Christ who only is sinless
Reconcile sinners to the Father.

Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous
The Prince of life who died reigns immortal.

Speak Mary declaring  what you saw wayfaring
“The tomb of Christ, who is living. The glory of Jesus’ resurrection,

Bright angels attesting, the shroud and napkin resting
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen!

To Galilee he goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining

 Have mercy, victor King ever reigning!
  Amen, alleluia.  

v In the great solemnities the Church has a sequence which is recited or sung before de reading of the Gospel. 

v They are masterpieces of poetry and music.

v It was composed on the XI century and three different authors are mentioned.   

v As we read this sequence of Easter we realize that it tells us the mystery of our redemption.  

v Mary Magdalene is asked about what she has seen on the way 

v She confesses her faith in the resurrection “I have seen the Risen Lord” who invites his own to meet him in Galilee

v Galilee  

o   Concrete geographical place, but also a place in the geography of the spirit. 

o   Place of the first encounter.   

o   They have to go back there to encounter a new the enthusiasm, the joy, the energy and the strength to proclaim what eye has not seen and ear has not heard. 

o   Encounter that will  make them able to proclaim that our God has saved us, that he is in our midst, that he walks with each one of us and will be with us until the end of history. 

o   Galilee, place where Peter will be able to confess his love to his friend and Lord, after having experienced the depth of human misery denying to know the one he loved so much. 

v Yes, let us also go back to our Galilee, each one knows what it is, and there we will meet the Risen Lord, our love and our hope.  


Dear daughters, love one another, as daughters of love that you are.   Who have gathered you in this holy company, is it not love?  My daughters, love your sisters….Venerable María Antonia París – Foundress of the Claretian Missionary Sisters  – First Constitutions in Writings p. 458 

My Lord, You are my love, my honor, mi hope, my refuge.  You are my life, my glory, my purpose, my teacher, my Father, my love. St. Anthony M. Claret – Founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters.


CLARET, Saint Anthony Mary, founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters.  Autobiography

PARIS, Venerable María Antonia París, Foundress of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Autobiography

SCHÖKEL, Luis Alonso, Comentario a la Biblia de nuestro Pueblo.  


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