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Faith and Family for April 21: The New Life of Easter

Apr 17, 2019
Faith and Family for April 21: The New Life of Easter


JN 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark, 
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter 
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, 
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb, 
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter 

Click here to read the rest of the Gospel. 


by Father Greg Friedman, OFM

“There is no tale ever told,” author J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote in an essay on storytelling, that people “would rather find was true.”

The Catholic author of The Lord of the Rings was speaking of the story of Jesus. Today, as we accompany Peter and the Beloved Disciple making their way to the tomb, we might echo Professor Tolkien’s comment.

Our faith—as St. Paul tells the Corinthians--rests on the reality of Jesus’ Resurrection. We base everything on the truth of the story. But establishing that truth is not a matter of science, history or archaeology. It’s a matter of faith. We must call upon the Holy Spirit—who is present to the Church—to assist us.

In the Easter Gospels, we hear the witness of the first followers of Jesus: Jesus was risen; they had experienced him alive in their midst. Their testimony in the Spirit moves us to a faith-filled “Alleluia.”

We live in a skeptical age. And yet in his essay, J.R.R. Tolkien pays tribute to the power of the Christian proclamation. He notes that there is no other story which so many skeptics “have accepted as true on its own merits.” Our Easter "Gospel" is a story of living faith in which we are participants and to which we are now witnesses.



by Father Dan Kroger, OFM

  • This week's first reading appears to be an Easter teaching by whom?

    What is the claim made by Peter about Jesus?

    What claim does Peter make about the commission given to the Apostles?

  • In the second reading, what does the Letter to the Colossians tell them they should do?

    Where is Christ now seated?

  • According to the Gospel, who was the first person who went to the tomb where Jesus was buried?

    What did she find when she got there? Was there anyone with her?

    What did Mary of Magdala do after she found the tomb empty?

    Which of the two Apostles entered the tomb first?


by Susan Hines-Brigger

  • Easter and spring signify new life. Take a walk around your neighborhood or a local park and look for signs of rebirth in nature, such as plants poking out of the ground or nests being built by birds.
  • Gather the family together and make a batch of Resurrection rolls. You can find the recipe here.
  • Check out some more Lent and Easter resources here.

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