Word of the day
Reading of the day
First reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
Peter proceeded to speak and said:
"You know what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.
We are witnesses of all that he did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in him
will receive forgiveness of sins through his name."
Second reading from the Letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Colossians
Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.
Gospel of the day
From the Gospel according to John
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
Words of the Holy Father
The Gospel describes Magdalene by immediately highlighting that she was not a woman easily given to enthusiasm. after her visit to the sepulchre, she returns disappointed to the Apostles’ hiding place.
The Gospels then tell of Magdalene’s second visit to Jesus’ sepulchre. She was stubborn! she was not convinced! It is as she is stooping near the tomb, her eyes filled with tears, that God surprises her in the most unexpected way.
she discovers the most overwhelming event in the history of mankind when she is finally called by her name: “Mary!” How nice it is to think that the first apparition of the Risen One — according to the Gospels — took place in such a personal way! there is someone who knows us, who sees our suffering and disappointment, who is moved with us and calls us by name.
Each person is a love story that God writes on this earth. in times of woe and in times of abandonment, to listen to the Risen Jesus who calls us by name. This is our strength and this is our hope. (General Audience, 17 May 2017)