Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

15/04/24 – Week 25

Day 1 – Head

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

Welcome back everyone! We are now officially in the time of Eastertide within the Church, where we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. This week we are going to explore that resurrection in more detail, in order to help us prepare for the feast of The Ascension and Pentecost which will happen later this term.

Take a watch of this Bible Project Video which explores the Resurrection of Jesus today:

Take a moment to reflect on the words you have just heard and offer a prayer up to God today.

We join our prayers together as we give all glory to God for giving us his Son and say together:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Day 2 – Heart

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

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. 

John 20:1–3

Today’s scripture reading concludes by saying, “For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” This is clear from the initial reaction of Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter and the Apostle John. Mary first thought that someone had taken the body of Jesus and moved it from the tomb. Peter was confused and ran to see for himself. John also went and when he saw the empty tomb, he believed. Eventually, all of the Apostles would come to understand and believe.

The initial reaction to the empty tomb teaches us an important lesson. Though the Resurrection of Christ is something that Catholics know about today, it is also something that requires a deeper level of understanding. We saw this in the way that the disciples of Jesus came to understand the Resurrection over time.

They did not understand His Resurrection when Jesus first taught them about it. They did not fully understand it when they saw the empty tomb. They did not even fully comprehend it when they saw the risen Lord. It was only after they were given the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost that their minds were open to this incredible mystery of faith so that they could begin to penetrate and comprehend this mystery more clearly.

Take a moment now to think about the questions below. Then, share your answers with the person next to you before sharing them as a form and writing some in the comments below.

  • Is there anything that you find difficult to understand about the Resurrection?
  • Why do you think Jesus chose to reappear to his followers?

We join our prayer together this morning as we say:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Day 3 – Hands

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

COMING SOON!

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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11 Comments

  • We enjoyed the video, it was eye opening to understand the emotions Jesus’ followers went through during his resurrection.

  • The resurrection proved that Jesus can’t be defeated because he is God and is more than human. We need to remember the true meaning of Easter, that it isn’t about chocolate and bunnies, but about the resurrection of the Lord.
    Easter proves God’s omnipotence by raising Jesus from the dead, but also shows Jesus’ omniscience as he knew what was going to happen to him before he died.
    Now that Jesus is risen, we can be happy and should take this opportunity to spread the word of God.

  • Is there anything that you find difficult to understand about the Resurrection?
    – I find it hard to understand that Jesus’ body was able to come back alive after his body has stopped working/functioning.
    – I find it difficult to understand how the others must have felt when they learnt Jesus has resurrected, and to understand how it would have happened.

    Why do you think Jesus chose to reappear to his followers?
    – To tell his followers what their mission is to follow Christ.

  • We think that Jesus chose to re-appear to his followers so he could build their faith, and show that he did what he promised he would do.

  • Difficult things to understand: how was the big boulder moved?

    Jesus reappeared to his followers to show that he was thankful that they believed in him.

  • Is there anything that you find difficult to understand about the Resurrection?

    Why was Jesus’ body taken as well as his soul?

    Why do you think Jesus chose to reappear to his followers?

    He taught them about the saviour, so by appearing to his followers he fulfilled the prophecy

  • We think that Jesus reappeared to his followers to share and spread the Gospel.
    Something we find hard to understand about the resurrection is mostly everything as it is a bit abnormal.

  • He wanted to show his followers that there was ever lasting life in heaven.
    He wanted to fulfil the prophecy that he would come back in 3 days.

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