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Easter Monday, April 17, 2017

Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid.

1 Samuel, Chapter 14, Verse 24-26
24 Even though the Israelites were exhausted that day, Saul laid an oath on them, saying, “Cursed be the one who takes food before evening, before I am able to avenge myself on my enemies.” So none of the people tasted food. 25 Now there was a honeycomb lying on the ground, 26 and when the soldiers came to the comb the honey was flowing; yet no one raised a hand from it to his mouth, because the people feared the oath.

Saul was unfaithful and weak and therefore led his warriors by fear rather than by inspiration. His main concern was keeping and holding power. Hum…some things don’t change. There was no humility in him; only hubris. “I” was the first word in his life rather than saying and living the word of God. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your Heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength.”

Saul fell because of his hubris when humility would have saved him. Real leaders are humble. They realize and appreciate the sacrifices of others and consider it a privilege to have the honor and trust to lead them.

Easter Monday[1] was reserved as a special day for rest and relaxation. Its most distinctive feature is the Emmaus walk, a leisurely constitution inspired by the Gospel of the day (Luke 24.13-35). This can take the form of a stroll through field or forest or, as in French Canada, a visit to one's grandparents.

Why did Jesus appear as a stranger to the two disciples? He appeared to them as a stranger, says St. Gregory, because He meant to deal with them according to their dispositions, and according to the firmness of their faith. They seemed not to have believed in Him as the Son of God, but to have expected a hero or prince who should deliver them from their subjection to the Romans. Thus Christ was, indeed, yet a stranger in their hearts, and chose to appear to them as such, to free those who loved Him from their false notions, to convince them of the necessity of His passion, and to reveal Himself to them, as soon as their understandings should be enlightened, and their hearts filled with desire. Thus God orders the disposal of His graces according to our dispositions; according to our faith and trust according to our love and fidelity. (Goffine’s Divine Instructions)

Visiting Day[2]

In Paschaltide joy, perform works of mercy toward the sick and elderly on Easter Monday. For Easter Monday there is an old custom, still very much alive in the old country, which might well be duplicated here, even though Easter Monday is not generally a holiday, as it is in Europe. In honor of the Gospel of the day, which tells of the two disciples who went to Emmaus and met Our Lord on the way, Easter Monday became a visiting day. Wherever there are old or sick people, they are visited by young and old.

Daily Devotions/Prayers
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Divine Mercy Novena

Today bring to me those who do not believe and those who do not know

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