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<< Tuesday, April 2, 2013 >> Easter Week
Acts 2:36-41
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Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 John 20:11-18
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" 'What are we to do, brothers?' Peter answered: 'You must reform and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ.' " —Acts 2:37-38

Why was Mary Magdalene the first person known to have met the risen Christ? It was because she was immersed into Jesus. At dawn, Mary Magdalene was at Jesus' tomb to be near His dead body. When His body was gone, she exclaimed: "The Lord has been taken from the tomb!" (Jn 20:2) She remained weeping at Jesus' tomb even after Peter and John had left (Jn 20:11). She was so preoccupied with Jesus that she hardly noticed "two angels in dazzling robes" (Jn 20:12). Mary even volunteered to carry Jesus' body back to the tomb or somewhere, if she could find out where His body was (Jn 20:15). She was so preoccupied that she didn't stop to think that she may not have been able to lift the body or drag it through the streets. Mary was so immersed in Jesus that all it took was for Jesus to speak her name and she immediately recognized Him and clung to Him (Jn 20:16-17).

Mary Magdalene was immersed in Jesus through her conversion, deliverance from seven demons, daily service to Jesus and the apostles (Lk 8:2-3), and especially by being baptized into Jesus' death at the foot of His cross (Jn 19:25). She was united with Christ "through likeness to His death" and became the first person known to be united to Him in His resurrection (Rm 6:5).

Prayer: Father, give me an Easter season similar to the first one Mary Magdalene celebrated.
Promise: "It was to you and your children that the promise was made, and to all those still far off whom the Lord our God calls." —Acts 2:39
Praise: Alleluia! The Lord spoke and it was done (Ps 33:9).
(For a related teaching, order our Risen Life series of tapes starting with Meeting the Risen Christ, a set of seven audio tapes starting with AV 4A-1 or two-set series of video tapes starting with V-4A.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2013 through May 31, 2013.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 2, 2012.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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