BODY LANGUAGE

Tuesday in the Octave of EasterLectionary: 262

Reading 1 ACTS 2:36-41
On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,

“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain

that God has made him both Lord and Christ,

this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,

and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,

“What are we to do, my brothers?”

Peter said to them,

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,

in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;

and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

For the promise is made to you and to your children

and to all those far off,

whomever the Lord our God will call.”

He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,

“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 

Those who accepted his message were baptized,

and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Responsorial Psalm PS 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 AND 22
R. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Upright is the word of the LORD,

and all his works are trustworthy.

He loves justice and right;

of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.

R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

or:

R. Alleluia.

See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,

upon those who hope for his kindness,

To deliver them from death

and preserve them in spite of famine.

R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Our soul waits for the LORD,

who is our help and our shield.

May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us

who have put our hope in you.

R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Alleluia PS 118:24
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

This is the day the LORD has made;

let us be glad and rejoice in it.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel JN 20:11-18
Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.

And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb

and saw two angels in white sitting there,

one at the head and one at the feet

where the Body of Jesus had been.

And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,

and I don’t know where they laid him.”

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,

but did not know it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?

Whom are you looking for?”

She thought it was the gardener and said to him,

“Sir, if you carried him away,

tell me where you laid him,

and I will take him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” 

which means Teacher.

Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,

for I have not yet ascended to the Father.

But go to my brothers and tell them,

‘I am going to my Father and your Father,

to my God and your God.'”

Mary went and announced to the disciples,

“I have seen the Lord,”

and then reported what he had told her.

REFLECTION: BODY LANGUAGE

“One was seated at the head and the other at the foot of the place where Jesus’ body had lain.” –John 20:12
When two angels asked Mary Magdalene why she was weeping, she responded: “The Lord has been taken away” (Jn 20:13). She meant that the Lord’s body was no longer in His tomb. Mary Magdalene was so preoccupied with Jesus’ body that she seemed not to have paid much attention to the “two angels in dazzling robes” (Jn 20:12). When Jesus, Whom she thought was the gardener, asked Mary why she was weeping, she replied that she would carry Jesus’ body away, if He told her where His body was located (Jn 20:15). Then, when Jesus said Mary’s name, Mary grabbed Jesus’ body.
Mary Magdalene loved Jesus and His body. If we are to meet the risen Christ, we must love Jesus in His glorified body in heaven, His body the Church (Eph 5:25), and His eucharistic Body. Let us recognize the risen Jesus through the ministry of Christ’s body the Church and through the breaking of bread (Lk 24:30-31), that is, the Body of Christ.
Love the Church. Love the Mass. Like Mary Magdalene, love the body of the risen Christ.
PRAYER: Father, before I receive the risen Christ in Holy Communion, may I respond with resounding, deep faith to the words of the priest, “the body of Christ.”

PROMISE: “You must reform and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, that your sins may be forgiven; then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It was to you and your children that the promise was made.” –Acts 2:38-39

PRAISE: Praise Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist! “O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine!”

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