Gospel Reflection

How blest are those who are poor in spirit:
the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
How blest are the sorrowful:
they shall find consolation.
How blest are those of a gentle spirit:
they shall have the earth for their possession.
How blest are those who hunger and thirst to see right prevail:
they shall be satisfied.
How blest are those who show mercy:
mercy shall be shown to them.
How blest are those whose hearts are pure:
they shall see God.
How blest are the peacemakers:
they shall be called children of God.
How blest are those who have suffered persecution
for the cause of right:
the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Gospel Reading - He is risen


1 Early Sunday morning,a while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone was rolled aside from the entrance.

2 She ran and found Simon Peter and meb and said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!”

3-4 Wec ran to the tomb to see; I outran Peter and got there first, 5and stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but I didn’t go in. 6Then Simon Peter arrived and went on inside. He also noticed the cloth lying there, 7while the swath that had covered Jesus’ head was rolled up in a bundle and was lying at the side. 8Then I went in too, and saw, and believed that he had risend9for until then we hadn’t realized that the Scriptures said he would come to life again!

10Weewent on home, 11and by that time Mary had returned to the tomb and was standing outside crying. And as she wept, she stooped and looked in 12and saw two white-robed angels sitting at the head and foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.

13“Why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

14She glanced over her shoulder and saw someone standing behind her. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him!

15“Why are you crying?” he asked her. “Whom are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16“Mary!” Jesus said. She turned toward him.

“Master!” she exclaimed.

17“Don’t touch me,” he cautioned, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them that I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.”

18Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

. . . . .John 20:1-18

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.