Jesus has indeed risen from the dead Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Hensley   
April 5, 2015
Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Psalm: 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Colossians 3:1-4
or1 Corinthians 5:5b-8
John 20:1-2

We forget how little Jesus’ disciples understood of what happened when Jesus rose from the dead, proving God is the God of life.

But when Mary of Magdala announced the empty tomb to the disciples who were gathered in prayer after Jesus’ crucifixion, they didn’t understand much at all.

When Peter and John raced to the tomb and saw his burial clothes lying there, their eyes began to be opened — but not all the way.

John, the author of the Gospel, says, “And he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he (Jesus) had to rise from the dead.”

Matthew’s Gospel recounts that the disciples failed to understand even on the day of Jesus’ ascension, even after having spent 40 days with him after his resurrection, even only moments before they were to receive their commission to go and make disciples of all nation

Matthew writes of the disciples, after seeing Jesus where he had told them to meet him in Galilee, “They saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.”

However, in the reading from Acts that opens this Sunday’s Scriptures, Peter has full understanding and boldly proclaims the Gospel.

After being fully empowered by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, he proclaims the good news of Jesus to a gathering of Gentiles, “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.”

Though I could offer witness to God’s miracles in my own life and those around me, nothing in my experience can come close to matching Jesus’ rising from the dead. And only the Holy Spirit, leading us to wisdom and understanding, can cause us to fully understand the significance of Jesus’ triumph over the grave.

Alleluia, he is risen indeed.

This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions: April 2015 Print E-mail
April Universal Intention

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.

April Evangelization Intention
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.
Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2015.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 14
Ascension Thursday
Saturday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption (abrogated because it falls on Saturday)
Sunday, Nov. 1
All Saints
Tuesday, Dec.8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Lenten Regulations Print E-mail

Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.

In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are bound to this regulation may eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

These minimal penitential practices should not be lightly excused.

For more information, including resources for penance around the diocese, click here.