Easter Octave.

Easter Octave.

He is Risen, Alleluia!

Easter is too big to be celebrated in just one day, and so we have a full week, in fact, an octave of eight days including next Sunday. The readings invite us to join Peter at the empty tomb and in his subsequent witnessing to the world of what he had experienced. These are momentous days. St Paul said that if Christ is not raised from the dead then our faith is in vain. So we encounter the Risen Lord, the Word made Flesh who dwells among us. We encounter him as the one who shares his New Life with us.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. (John 20:1-2)

  • When have you walked in the dark towards something that saddens you?
  • Mary’s surprise made her run to tell Peter. Who do you go to?
  • The beloved disciple isn’t named in the Gospel. Reflect on being a beloved disciple of the Lord.
  • Spend a few moments with the God of surprises.

 

Monday.

Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. (John 20:6-7)

  • Why is the positioning of the cloths so important?
  • Simon Peter was last mentioned weeping having denied the Lord. What do you think was on his mind?
  • Have you ever felt like that?
  • Spend a few moments with the Risen Lord.

 

Tuesday.

Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead. (John 20: 8-9)

  • What have you seen in your life that makes you believe?
  • When have you had a moment of clarity about a teaching of Scripture?
  • The disciple followed Peter into the tomb. Who do you have confidence in to follow?
  • Spend a few moments in the presence of the one who has risen from the dead.

 

Wednesday.

Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:2-3)

  • How much time do you spend worrying about things over which you have no control?
  • Have you experienced having died to sin and being raised to life?
  • What currently feels hidden with Christ in God?
  • Spend a few moments with the God of hidden things.

 

Thursday.

This day was made by the Lord, we rejoice and are glad. (Psalm 117:24)

  • Think of all that makes you glad.
  • What in your life today stops you from rejoicing fully?
  • What in your life today feels as if it was made by the Lord?
  • Spend a few moments listening to the creator God.

 

Friday

God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen in the power of the devil (Acts 10:38)

  • Remind yourself of what good you have received from Jesus.
  • Remind yourself of how Jesus has cured you?
  • Remind yourself that you too are anointed with the Holy Spirit at your baptism and confirmation.
  • Spend a few moments with the God who is with you.

 

Saturday

Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has been appointed him judge of everyone, alive or dead. (Acts 10: 41-42)

  • Who witnessed God’s love to you in your life?
  • Who have you been a witness of God’s love to?
  • How have you experienced the Risen Lord in your life?
  • Spend a few moments in the presence of the merciful judge.
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