Greetings in Christ Jesus,
Sunday April 16, 2017
The Feast of Feasts
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8
6 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven corrupts the whole lump? 7 Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened. For Christ our Passover is sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Gospel: Matthew 28: 1-20
1 And in the end of the Sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre. 2 And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. 3 And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow. 4 And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid. 7 And going quickly, tell his disciples that he is risen: and behold he will go before you into Galilee; there you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you. 8 And they went out quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, running to tell his disciples. 9 And behold Jesus met them, saying: All hail. But they came up and took hold of his feet, and adored him.
10 Then Jesus said to them: Fear not. Go, tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, there they shall see me.
11 Who when they were departed, behold some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all things that had been done. 12 And they being assembled together with the ancients, taking counsel, gave a great sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying: Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away when we were asleep. 14 And if the governor shall hear this, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15 So they taking the money did as they were taught: and this word was spread abroad among the Jews even unto this day. 16 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And seeing him they adored: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. 19 Going therefore, teach all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.
1 Unto the end, a canticle of a psalm of the resurrection. Shout with joy to God, all the earth, 2 sing a psalm to his name; give glory to his praise. 3 Say unto God, How terrible are Your works, O Lord! In the multitude of Your strength Your enemies shall lie to You. 4 Let all the earth adore You, and sing to You: let it sing a psalm to Your name. 5 Come and see the works of God; who is terrible in his counsels over the sons of men. 6 Who turns the sea into dry land, in the river they shall pass on foot: there shall we rejoice in him. 7 Who by his power rules for ever: his eyes behold the nations; let not them that provoke him be exalted in themselves. 8 O bless our God, you Gentiles: and make the voice of his praise to be heard. 9 Who has set my soul to live: and has not suffered my feet to be moved: 10 For You, O God, has proved us: You have tried us by fire, as silver is tried. 11 You have brought us into a net, You have laid afflictions on our back: 12 You have set men over our heads. We have passed through fire and water, and You have brought us out into a refreshment. 13 I will go into Your house with burnt offerings: I will pay You my vows, 14 which my lips have uttered, And my mouth has spoken, when I was in trouble. 15 I will offer up to You holocausts full of marrow, with burnt offerings of rams: I will offer to You bullocks with goats. 16 Come and hear, all you that fear God, and I will tell you what great things he has done for my soul. 17 I cried to him with my mouth: and I extolled him with my tongue. 18 If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. 19 Therefore has God heard me, and has attended to the voice of my supplication. 20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
1 Alleluia. Praise the Lord in his holy places: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to the multitude of his greatness. 3 Praise him with sound of trumpet: praise him with psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs. 5 Praise him on high sounding cymbals: praise him on cymbals of joy: 6 let every spirit praise the Lord. Alleluia.
Christ is risen, death is defeated, sin has been overcome, all of this done by our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ through sinless life, His crucifixion, death, and resurrection. This is a glorious day for those who believe. Praise God and glorify His holy name. I pray that on this day that there is a true awakening in each and every one of us. I pray that as the Psalmist says we have been proven, that during the days leading up to this day we have been tried by fire as silver is tried, I pray that we have had afflictions laid upon our backs, and that we all have passed through fire and water, and have been brought out into a refreshment. My friends, this is how our faith grows, this is what kindles the fire within us.
By overcoming we gain wisdom and knowledge. So today praise Him that has tried us through fire, glorify the name of the one who teaches us and purifies us and has by His crucifixion, death, and resurrection, given us the ability to attain this new life through His blood. He is our strength; He is our High Priest and Mediator between us and the Father. Jesus the Christ unites us to the Father.
May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.
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