Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Easter Tuesday's Mass readings

Reading 1 - Acts 2:36-41

On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”

Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Responsorial Psalm - Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Gospel - Jn 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.


At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary didn't recognize Jesus b/c she had seen what his body looked like when they laid him in the tomb, and now that he stood before her, her eyes betrayed her. Her grief took over, and she didn't see what was right before her. I couldn't begin to count the number of times my emotions have obscured my vision! All it took was Jesus calling Mary by name for her to respond with faith. That's the same thing that's done at Baptism- when the priest addresesses, by name, the one being baptized, it's Jesus calling them to live in faith of him.

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow- how many times have I made decisions without even looking up? How many things have I missed because I didn't take much time- as the answers didn't really make a difference? How many children have I've seen baptized and missed the message?

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Markov said...

Hey Kat,

Something really cool happened to me. I stopped going to Mass because I just didn't "feel" like going. I know, I know its only one hour a week but still it seemed like there was no point going every week but once a month seemed better. So, I prayed to Our Lady and asked Her if She still wanted me to go to Mass everyweek (I was starting to feel guilty) to give me a sign.
I went to Home Depot to buy a few things and in the lumber section something caught my eye. I went to pick it up and it was Our Lady's medallion! All I could think of was "Wow, she really wants me to go." So I shall resume this Saturday evening at a church nearby. I nearly made a decision without even looking up!

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous kat said...


That is something I would describe as a holy clue x 4.

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is Reiki? Is it similar to the laying on of hands? I got an email from my aunt, who is an active and practicing Catholic, to tell me she has just become a certified Reiki practioner. She'd like to offer me a "healing". It sort of scares me!!!

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear to stay away from Reiki.THere was a show on EWTN and a women was saying its new age and to stay away form it. but I do not know anything just what the show said. Women of Grace show on ewtn.

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous mindy said...

I don't know what Reiki is, the question reminded me of something that happened a long time ago-

Years ago, I went to this healing service at St. Peter's in Olney. My mom wanted to bring my sister and I agreed to go too- having no intention other than to be a very quiet witness. My mom insisted that we get there early to sit in the front.

There was a visiting priest who was well know for his laying on of hands. The church was packed- St. Peter's is large. I remember that the young pastor at St. Peter's, before he introduced this priest, told everyone that we all had an opportunity for the greatest kind of healing- healing from sin. He said that not all our cancers will be cured, but we all have the opportunity to be saved. I thought- okay, this priest is preparing all these poor people that they may not be physically changed, so- what's the point of all this? (I wasn't very connected to the church in those days)

In the beginning of the service, the priest invited all the people there with terminal illnesses to come to the front of the church. He asked the rest of us to pray as he laid on hands. I'd never seen anything like it-

People stood in front of this healing priest while helpers stood behind the sick. The priest put his hands on their heads, and those who were ill started falling backwards. Some actually seemed to actually pass out. The helpers were catching the people as they fell and laying them on the ground. I thought- come on! He's gotta be actually pushing these poor, weak, ill people backwards, or maybe these people were so desperate to get better that they were causing this strange reaction within themselves. I couldn't imagine what else it could be. The "fallen" stayed put where they were laid, but the healing priest did not... he was on the move.

He started to walk to the people in the front pews, and I had no escape. I tried to think of some way I could politely say, "No thanks- I'm just here to watch." Rather than be rude, I decided to relent. I thought, "What harm could it do? He'd just better not expect me to drop like a fly!" The priest put his hand on my head, and it was the strangest sensation. It was like an electrical current going from the top of my head to my toes. My feet felt as if they'd fallen asleep. It actually startled me enough that I needed to sit down. I had no idea that I was in need of any kind of healing, but apparently someone else did.

Although I still don't quite understand what happened to me, I do have a different respect for different kinds of healing as a response to the experience. I am also more connected to my need to continue to be healed.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

Reiki Was developed in early 20th Centry Japan by a buddist monk and involves a type of 'laying on of hands'to use christian termanology, that involves manipulating one's "life force energy".

It is a new age spirital practice.

At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give me a topic that atually know NOTHING about. I've read your explanation about your self-acclaimed "nerdiness" as the reason for your delving into so many topics, but I'm guessing you're probably less of a nerd and more of a really interesting person. You seemed a little nervous at the Vigil, but you did a great job. I was happy to see you participate.

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Kat said...


It was mainly allergies and asthma between the lillys and the insence I could barely breath. I was a little nervous but that comes with any time things are diffrent then the norm.

Something I know nothing about... Cars. I can check my oil or change out a light bulb but anything more then that I am up a creek. And I can't dance A good chunk Native American and I have no rhythm. I don't know much about Buddhism other then what I learned in a comparative religion class once upon a time. There is probably a lot more that I don't know... I just don't know that I don't know it...

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Markov said...

"That is something I would describe as a holy clue x 4."

So do I. Holy Clue I like that :0)

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Markov said...


You are part Native American? Very cool! What type of Native American? Have you been to the museum? If you haven't you should its very interesting there. I actually attended a Native American sun worship with my friend who is also Catholic when I was living in Boston. He said you gotta see this, its really neat and it was. I haven't been to any Native American ceremonies in 20 years. I wonder if there are any around here.

Incidentally, does Reiki help people with diabetes?

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Kat said...


Nez Perce and Mohawk.

As to the Reiki I dont know, it isn't something I would get involved in myself being it is part of the new age movement.


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