Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Easter Sunday, April 20

Moved to Greater Love concludes with the desire for joy. Having prayed to join ourselves with Jesus' vision as he moved toward Calvary, we now share the joy that the Risen Lord brought to those first witnesses of his abiding presence. Joy cannot remain within us; it compels us to share the good news we have received. As Pope Francis wrote, “...an evangelizing community is filled with joy; it knows how to rejoice always. It celebrates every small victory, every step forward in the work of evangelization.” (Evangelii Gaudium, #24)

During these two weeks, we pray that Easter joy fills us and binds us together as co-workers for the Reign of God.

Today’s Grace

I ask for the grace to experience the risen Jesus bringing joy and peace.

Scripture/Reading

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

Jn 20:1-9
Easter 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.

Reflection Questions

  1. 1. I sit in the empty tomb with Peter and the Beloved Disciple and reminisce with them about our best memories of Jesus — and now this empty tomb. What best memories of Jesus do I share with them? What do I say about the empty tomb? What do I feel as we talk?

Reflection

From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia.

Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

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