Why are They so Joyful?

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Monday in the Octave of Easter, based on Matthew 28:8–15

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

  While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Jean Marie Dwyer OP

About Jean Marie Dwyer OP

Sr. Jean Marie Dwyer, OP is a Dominican nun belonging to the Queen of Peace Monastery in Squamish, BC. She has been a Dominican for many years and the author of two books: The Sacred Place of Prayer and The Unfolding Journey the God Within: Etty Hillesum and Meister Eckhart. And recently published: The Quest for the Divine: Philosopher, Prophet and Mystic.