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Monday in the Octave of Easter

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Gospel text (Mt 28:8-15): They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present 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 doubt: and they kiss Jesus’ feet.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the high 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--along with the saint women – to kiss your feet.