Reflection on Matthew (28. 8-15)

Monday, Octave of Easter

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were running quickly on a mission of communicating the fearful and amazing news to the disciples of the empty tomb when they ran right smack into Jesus who greeted them and gave the two women an additional message to tell the disciples that Jesus would meet them in Galilee.

The soldiers who had guarded the tomb were on another ‘mission’, which turned out to be one of great deceit. Their motivation was one of greed for extra money; for gone-in-a-heartbeat pieces of metal, they stomped on truth.

In continuing our immersion into the glorious mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus, those who have come to know Jesus, move into mission with love and this love proves life giving.  In the hypocrisy of the chief priests and elders as well as the dishonesty of the soldiers there is no love for Jesus. Their lies proved gutless and cowardly.

This contrast is worthy of our consideration as we desire falling ever more deeply in love with God and neighbor. Whatever fraud we have created must be relinquished so that we are not swallowed up in the quicksand of lies and their accompanying entrapment.

Mary, Mother of Truth Himself, pray for us.


fr. Christopher Eggleton, OP
Socius for USA - Promoter of the Rosary