"God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned?."
“You must be born from above.” You must be born anew." (John 3:3)
“How can a man once grown old be born again. Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” (John 3:4)
On this Sunday, just one week into the Easter season, we’re remembering the growing awareness and excitement of that first group of Jesus’ close followers about his being truly alive again.
"Go into the whole worldand proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15)
"Cast the net over the right side of the boat and your will find something. " (Jn 21:6)
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” (lk 24:46-47)
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know these things” they ask? Evidently it was the talk of Jerusalem! Jesus responds with a “How foolish you are!” (LK 24: 18, 25)
Mary could not recognize Him because she was preoccupied with the problem that she was facing. She could not see beyond her tears. Often time we do the same.
"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.”
"Victimae paschali laudes
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
“If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” (Romans 6:8)
“So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is call the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.” (John 19: 17)
“When Jesus and his disciples were reclining at the Passover meal, Jesus rose and began to wash their feet. Peter said to Him,
“You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” (Jn 13:8-9)
"One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,“What are you willing to give meif I hand him over to you?”They paid him thirty pieces of silver,and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over". (Matthew 26: 14-16)
"Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant." (Jn 13:21-24)
“He shall bring forth justice; not by crying out nor shouting nor making his voice heard in the street. He is so gentle that he wouldn’t break a bruised reed; he won’t even quench a smol-dering wick and all of this until he establishes justice on the earth.” (IS 42: 1-7).
“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts…” (Hebrews 3:15)
“The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.” (John 10:31)
“Amen I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death”. (Jn 8:51)
You’ve got a powerful king, Nebuchadnezzar, who is ZEALOUS to worship his statue gods, faithful to what he THINKS is the whole truth. He even condemns to DEATH three faithful young Hebrews when they won’t JOIN him in worship. But when God SAVES them from the FLAMES, the king HIMSELF MELTS into a dramatic conversion, putting HIS righteousness aside and CHEERING for the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!
"From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,
to bypass the land of Edom.
But with their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!”
“If you don’t give in to us, we will tell your husband we caught you here with your lover.” (Dn 13: 21)
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; LORD hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.” (Ps 130)