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Liturgical day: Easter Monday (Octave of Easter)

Gospel text (Mt 28,8-15): The women approached him, embraced his feet and worshiped him. The women left the tomb at once in holy fear, yet with great joy, and they ran to tell the news to the disciples. Suddenly, Jesus met them on the way and said, «Peace». The women approached him, embraced his feet and worshiped him. But Jesus said to them, «Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to set out for Galilee; there they will see me».

While the women were on their way, the guards returned to the city and some of them reported to the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests met with the Jewish authorities and decided to give the soldiers a good sum of money, with this instruction, «Say that his disciples came by night while you were asleep, and stole the body of Jesus. If Pilate comes to know of this, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble». The soldiers accepted the money and did as they were told. This story has circulated among the Jews until this day.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today those women have found the empty grave. Jesus is not there: He is risen! They run to tell the Apostles. On their way Jesus Christ appears before them. They have no more doubts: and they kiss Jesus’ feet.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the chief priests of the temple are spreading the false rumor that Jesus is not risen, but His body, that was in the grave, has been stolen...

– Jesus, I believe that you live and that you love me. I want – as the saint women – to kiss your feet.