Christ is risen is part of the Easter message. His prophecy is fulfilled.
The Resurrection of Christ on that first Easter Sunday saw the disciples at first doubting and then, when Christ appeared to them, believing. It shows us that faith is indeed a gift. In this meditation we use passages of Scripture to consider:
The great importance of the virtue of faith
How faith is a gift that many have, some have never had and others have lost
That we should thank God for the gift of faith
That we should do everything possible to strengthen our faith and help it grow, especially by praying with faith and receiving the sacraments regularly
Jesus enters Jerusalem and is well received, a feast we celebrate on Palm Sunday–the start of Holy Week.
In Holy Week we follow Christ from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through his institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood on Holy Thursday, to his passion and death on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. If we follow him closely throughout our life we will not abandon him as did the apostles and we will rise to eternal life with him when we die. In this meditation we consider how we should:
acknowledge our weakness and our possibility of denying Our Lord as did Peter
attend Mass often and receive Holy Communion well in order to strengthen our love for Jesus
stay awake in our prayer in order to draw ever closer to Christ
follow Christ closely, not at a distance, avoiding lukewarmness
avoid attachment to creature comforts and things in order to have our heart free to love God
take up our cross daily and follow our Lord in his passion
follow Christ closely throughout our life in order to rise with him to eternal life
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, washing the feet of his disciples, the night before he suffered and died on the cross.
Before beginning his Passion, Christ washed the feet of his disciples and gave us the new commandment to love one another as he has loved us. In this meditation, using texts from Scripture and St Josemaria we consider how:
Christ poured himself out in love for others, loving them to the end by his death on the Cross
God has loved us first and so the more we love him the easier it will be to love others
Love begins in the family, with those closest to us
We should learn to spend time, to listen, to be kind, to forgive