Homily (Reflection) for Easter Monday (Octave of Easter: Monday) (17th April, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 15:1-2.5.7-11 (R.v.1);
Topic: Lies beget lies.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary had left the tomb with fear and great joy to give the apostles the good news when Jesus met them. And He said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
On the other hand, when the chief priests heard about Jesus’ resurrection, they met with the elders before bribing the guards with large sum of money and instructed them thus, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’” The guards were also assured of their safety should the governor come to hear of it. And this false story is regrettably still told among the Jews to this day.
The chief priests and their cohorts put up lies just to have Jesus put to death. Now, they are faced with another reality, the resurrection of Jesus. We see them in today’s gospel still bent on covering the Truth, cf. Jn 14:6. No wonder Jesus warns, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3).
God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Tim 2:4). Saint Paul also writes, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6:17). No matter how hard a man tries, the word of God cannot be fettered, cf. 2Tim 2:9. And let no one add or subtract from God’s word, (cf. Prov 30:6). We must speak the truth to one another, cf. Eph 4:25. Lies only beget lies to the point of stupidity.
Bible Reading: Eph 6:10-20; Prov 30:1-9.
Thought for today: His word endures forever.
Let us pray: God, give us your grace to be always open to truth – Amen.
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