Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Proper of the Day: Tuesday of Easter Week

Today we continue the Octave of Easter with Tuesday of Easter Week. Today we hear the conclusion of Peter's sermon at Pentecost and hear (again) Mary's encounter with Jesus at the tomb from the Gospel of John.

(Today is not the Feast of the Annunciation this year; all Major Feasts falling in Holy Week or Easter Week are transferred to the open days after the Second Sunday of Easter; so next Monday is the Major Feast of St. Joseph [normally March 21, which was Good Friday this year] , and then next Tuesday is the Annunciation. PotD will observe both feasts in their, um, proper order!)

I've thought for a while that the conflicting details of the resurrection accounts must show that Jesus was in some sense quite different after he rose than before. Mary didn't recognize him at first, and neither did the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Perhaps it's like describing an elephant if you've never seen one; Jesus was so different in his resurrected body, yet similar to the unresurrected body, that people just couldn't get a grasp on what was happening.

More music for the Easter Octave here:

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ is Risen!



Grandmère Mimi said...

And yesterday was not the feast day of Oscar Romero? I put up a post honoring his memory today and apologizing for missing the feast day yesterday. Now that I think about it, the feast was not in the Lectionary. Oh, well, it's good to honor him anyway.

It seems that Jesus was the same and yet different, another paradox. Mary Magdalene recognized him when he spoke her name, and the disciples in the breaking of the bread.

Lovely painting and music.

RFSJ said...


I think the thinking about the calendar is that on this week all saints are deferred (major feasts) or omitted (lesser feasts) in honor of the singular truth of the Risen One who inspires all saints in the first place. But I can't imagine God minds remembering them anyway! And go ahead and remember Blessed Oscar next wee on Wednesday, too, if you'd like!