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Matthew 28:8-10

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So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

Matthew 28:8-10
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    • When Jesus came in sight, the fear probably disappeared and a joy that would never be lost flooded them. In future difficulties, the joy of this day would remain with the disciples, even at a time of martyrdom and persecution.
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    • Galilee was the backwater of Israel, a rural place where the poor and deprived lived. Yet it is the place where Jesus both began and ended his ministry. It is from here that he sends his disciples forth with the message of the Resurrection. This makes us ponder!
    • Lord, you fill me with confident joy and tell me not to be afraid. Strengthened by encountering you, you send me to the ‘Galilees’ of my world, where you are often disguised in the poor, the deprived, the oppressed. Let me be a witness to you, an agent of hope and encouragement to all whom I meet.
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    • The women ran ‘with fear and great joy’. They had just seen an angel who told them that Jesus was alive. What a jumble of emotions filled them - fear at being deceived and joy in belief. Have I ever felt like that?
    • Jesus’ words are reassuring ‘Do not be afraid’. They would have heard him say those words many times during his ministry. ‘Here I am. It is true. Go tell!’
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    • When we wish one another a happy Easter, it is not just three days in an armchair, but deep joy in the knowledge that the best part of us will cheat the grave. Our weary bones, heavy flesh, addled brain, already hold the seeds of that resurrection. We are none of us mortal.
    • The invitation of Jesus is to go to Galilee and there 'they will see him'. It's the same invitation he gives to us. 'Galilee' can be the neighbourhood, the family, the prayer space, the poor and the many moments we find ourselves aware of Jesus' presence. Prayer is one of them; prayer will heighten our awareness of times we met the Lord. Go back in your own memory to when God was close and be grateful. Allow God in prayer tell you to 'go and see'.
    • We find God in the old and familiar places of life, as the apostles found him once again in Galilee. We find him in the memories of past love and the joys of present love. We find him in our tears and laughter, and in the lovely light of a morning sunrise. We can find him so often now, because the risen Lord is not bound by time or place. Alleluia!
    • It has been said that joy is the sure sign of God's presence. The women experience joy at an absence which is an overwhelming presence. When I experience this liberating, creative movement of joy in my own life, I can be sure the Risen Jesus is at work in me.
    • The women had intimations from the empty tomb. Now they catch sight of him, 'coming to meet them'. What do they feel now. Their instinct is to worship him.
    • The women bring the good news of their transforming encounter, the guards bring the bad news that the body of Jesus is gone. The news that Jesus has risen is, in the end, the only news that matters. Am I a light-bringer, a bearer of good news, a reflection of the Resurrection, in the lives of others?
    • I ask God to help me in this Easter season to leave behind what does not lead me to life. I think of how baptism saves me and points me in a new direction.
    • The women were sent, at Jesus' instruction, to tell the disciples where they might meet with him. I listen for the voice of the Lord this Easter so that I may point others to life.
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    • When we wish one another a happy Easter, it is not just three days in an armchair, but deep joy in the knowledge that the best part of us will cheat the grave. Our weary bones, heavy flesh, addled brain, already hold the seeds of that resurrection. We are none of us mortal.
    • The invitation of Jesus is to go to Galilee and there 'they will see him'. It's the same invitation he gives to us. 'Galilee' can be the neighbourhood, the family, the prayer space, the poor and the many moments we find ourselves aware of Jesus' presence. Prayer is one of them; prayer will heighten our awareness of times we met the Lord. Go back in your own memory to when God was close and be grateful. Allow God in prayer tell you to 'go and see'.
    • We find God in the old and familiar places of life, as the apostles found him once again in Galilee. We find him in the memories of past love and the joys of present love. We find him in our tears and laughter, and in the lovely light of a morning sunrise. We can find him so often now, because the risen Lord is not bound by time or place. Alleluia!
    • It has been said that joy is the sure sign of God's presence. The women experience joy at an absence which is an overwhelming presence. When I experience this liberating, creative movement of joy in my own life, I can be sure the Risen Jesus is at work in me.
    • The women had intimations from the empty tomb. Now they catch sight of him, 'coming to meet them'. What do they feel now. Their instinct is to worship him.
    • The women bring the good news of their transforming encounter, the guards bring the bad news that the body of Jesus is gone. The news that Jesus has risen is, in the end, the only news that matters. Am I a light-bringer, a bearer of good news, a reflection of the Resurrection, in the lives of others?
    • I ask God to help me in this Easter season to leave behind what does not lead me to life. I think of how baptism saves me and points me in a new direction.
    • The women were sent, at Jesus' instruction, to tell the disciples where they might meet with him. I listen for the voice of the Lord this Easter so that I may point others to life.
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    • When we wish one another a happy Easter, it is not just three days in an armchair, but deep joy in the knowledge that the best part of us will cheat the grave. Our weary bones, heavy flesh, addled brain, already hold the seeds of that resurrection. We are none of us mortal.
    • The invitation of Jesus is to go to Galilee and there 'they will see him'. It's the same invitation he gives to us. 'Galilee' can be the neighbourhood, the family, the prayer space, the poor and the many moments we find ourselves aware of Jesus' presence. Prayer is one of them; prayer will heighten our awareness of times we met the Lord. Go back in your own memory to when God was close and be grateful. Allow God in prayer tell you to 'go and see'.
    • We find God in the old and familiar places of life, as the apostles found him once again in Galilee. We find him in the memories of past love and the joys of present love. We find him in our tears and laughter, and in the lovely light of a morning sunrise. We can find him so often now, because the risen Lord is not bound by time or place. Alleluia!
    • It has been said that joy is the sure sign of God's presence. The women experience joy at an absence which is an overwhelming presence. When I experience this liberating, creative movement of joy in my own life, I can be sure the Risen Jesus is at work in me.
    • The women had intimations from the empty tomb. Now they catch sight of him, 'coming to meet them'. What do they feel now. Their instinct is to worship him.
    • The women bring the good news of their transforming encounter, the guards bring the bad news that the body of Jesus is gone. The news that Jesus has risen is, in the end, the only news that matters. Am I a light-bringer, a bearer of good news, a reflection of the Resurrection, in the lives of others?
    • I ask God to help me in this Easter season to leave behind what does not lead me to life. I think of how baptism saves me and points me in a new direction.
    • The women were sent, at Jesus' instruction, to tell the disciples where they might meet with him. I listen for the voice of the Lord this Easter so that I may point others to life.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • When we wish one another a happy Easter, it is not just three days in an armchair, but deep joy in the knowledge that the best part of us will cheat the grave. Our weary bones, heavy flesh, addled brain, already hold the seeds of that resurrection. We are none of us mortal.
    • The invitation of Jesus is to go to Galilee and there 'they will see him'. It's the same invitation he gives to us. 'Galilee' can be the neighbourhood, the family, the prayer space, the poor and the many moments we find ourselves aware of Jesus' presence. Prayer is one of them; prayer will heighten our awareness of times we met the Lord. Go back in your own memory to when God was close and be grateful. Allow God in prayer tell you to 'go and see'.
    • We find God in the old and familiar places of life, as the apostles found him once again in Galilee. We find him in the memories of past love and the joys of present love. We find him in our tears and laughter, and in the lovely light of a morning sunrise. We can find him so often now, because the risen Lord is not bound by time or place. Alleluia!
    • It has been said that joy is the sure sign of God's presence. The women experience joy at an absence which is an overwhelming presence. When I experience this liberating, creative movement of joy in my own life, I can be sure the Risen Jesus is at work in me.
    • The women had intimations from the empty tomb. Now they catch sight of him, 'coming to meet them'. What do they feel now. Their instinct is to worship him.
    • The women bring the good news of their transforming encounter, the guards bring the bad news that the body of Jesus is gone. The news that Jesus has risen is, in the end, the only news that matters. Am I a light-bringer, a bearer of good news, a reflection of the Resurrection, in the lives of others?
    • I ask God to help me in this Easter season to leave behind what does not lead me to life. I think of how baptism saves me and points me in a new direction.
    • The women were sent, at Jesus' instruction, to tell the disciples where they might meet with him. I listen for the voice of the Lord this Easter so that I may point others to life.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • When we wish one another a happy Easter, it is not just three days in an armchair, but deep joy in the knowledge that the best part of us will cheat the grave. Our weary bones, heavy flesh, addled brain, already hold the seeds of that resurrection. We are none of us mortal.
    • The invitation of Jesus is to go to Galilee and there 'they will see him'. It's the same invitation he gives to us. 'Galilee' can be the neighbourhood, the family, the prayer space, the poor and the many moments we find ourselves aware of Jesus' presence. Prayer is one of them; prayer will heighten our awareness of times we met the Lord. Go back in your own memory to when God was close and be grateful. Allow God in prayer tell you to 'go and see'.
    • We find God in the old and familiar places of life, as the apostles found him once again in Galilee. We find him in the memories of past love and the joys of present love. We find him in our tears and laughter, and in the lovely light of a morning sunrise. We can find him so often now, because the risen Lord is not bound by time or place. Alleluia!
    • It has been said that joy is the sure sign of God's presence. The women experience joy at an absence which is an overwhelming presence. When I experience this liberating, creative movement of joy in my own life, I can be sure the Risen Jesus is at work in me.
    • The women had intimations from the empty tomb. Now they catch sight of him, 'coming to meet them'. What do they feel now. Their instinct is to worship him.
    • The women bring the good news of their transforming encounter, the guards bring the bad news that the body of Jesus is gone. The news that Jesus has risen is, in the end, the only news that matters. Am I a light-bringer, a bearer of good news, a reflection of the Resurrection, in the lives of others?
    • I ask God to help me in this Easter season to leave behind what does not lead me to life. I think of how baptism saves me and points me in a new direction.
    • The women were sent, at Jesus' instruction, to tell the disciples where they might meet with him. I listen for the voice of the Lord this Easter so that I may point others to life.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • When we wish one another a happy Easter, it is not just three days in an armchair, but deep joy in the knowledge that the best part of us will cheat the grave. Our weary bones, heavy flesh, addled brain, already hold the seeds of that resurrection. We are none of us mortal.
    • The invitation of Jesus is to go to Galilee and there 'they will see him'. It's the same invitation he gives to us. 'Galilee' can be the neighbourhood, the family, the prayer space, the poor and the many moments we find ourselves aware of Jesus' presence. Prayer is one of them; prayer will heighten our awareness of times we met the Lord. Go back in your own memory to when God was close and be grateful. Allow God in prayer tell you to 'go and see'.
    • We find God in the old and familiar places of life, as the apostles found him once again in Galilee. We find him in the memories of past love and the joys of present love. We find him in our tears and laughter, and in the lovely light of a morning sunrise. We can find him so often now, because the risen Lord is not bound by time or place. Alleluia!
    • It has been said that joy is the sure sign of God's presence. The women experience joy at an absence which is an overwhelming presence. When I experience this liberating, creative movement of joy in my own life, I can be sure the Risen Jesus is at work in me.
    • The women had intimations from the empty tomb. Now they catch sight of him, 'coming to meet them'. What do they feel now. Their instinct is to worship him.
    • The women bring the good news of their transforming encounter, the guards bring the bad news that the body of Jesus is gone. The news that Jesus has risen is, in the end, the only news that matters. Am I a light-bringer, a bearer of good news, a reflection of the Resurrection, in the lives of others?
    • I ask God to help me in this Easter season to leave behind what does not lead me to life. I think of how baptism saves me and points me in a new direction.
    • The women were sent, at Jesus' instruction, to tell the disciples where they might meet with him. I listen for the voice of the Lord this Easter so that I may point others to life.