Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the earth began to quake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled away the stone from the tomb. Suddenly, in a burst of great light, Jesus arose from the dead! He shined brighter than the sun rising after a dark night. The soldiers cried out and ran away in fear.
Just after sunrise that morning, Mary Magdalene and some women went out to the place where they buried Jesus, so they could finish anointing Jesus’ body with oil.read more
A wealthy man named Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus, asked Pilate for permission to remove the body of Jesus from the cross. Pilate gave him permission, so he and some of the disciples took Jesus’ body down from the cross. Mother Mary felt great sorrow as she held Jesus in her arms one last time. Then Mary and some women and some other disciples, including a man named Nicodemus, prepared Jesus’ body for burial. They cleaned it and wrapped it in clean linen and sweet spices. However, they did not have time to anoint his body with oil. They buried Jesus in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea which had just been carved in a rock. The Joseph rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and all the disciples departed. However, Mary Magdalene and another Mary remained there, facing the tomb.read more
As Jesus hung on the cross, suspended only by two nails in his hands and two nails in his feet, some soldiers noticed he was thirsty. They offered him a sponge they had soaked in wine, but Jesus refused to drink.
Many people who saw Jesus hanging there called him names and made fun of him. The soldiers made a sign that they put above Jesus on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” They did not really believe in him. They were mocking him and making fun of him just like most of the other people.read more
The soldiers forced Jesus into the street. They laid a heavy wooden cross on his shoulders and made him carry it. On the way, Jesus met his Mother Mary. May felt very sad to see her beloved son suffer so much, yet she knew God had allowed this, in order for Jesus to save the whole world. She and Jesus looked at each other with great love and tears in their eyes. Then the guards pushed him on his way.
Because Jesus was so weak, he fell down. The soldiers made Simon, a man in the crowd, help carry Jesus’ cross to Calvary, where Jesus would be killed. As they walked on together, they passed some women, who were crying for Jesus. Jesus told them, “Do not weep for me. Weep instead for yourselves and for your children. If these things happen to me, what will happen to you?”read more
The soldiers brought Jesus before the city leaders, who knew that Jesus was innocent. However, the high priests had hired men to lie about Jesus to the people.
The rulers asked Jesus if he was the Messiah and Jesus said yes. They were so angry with his answer that they demanded Jesus be killed. They dragged him before Pilate, the Roman governor.
Meanwhile, Peter was outside talking with some people who accused him of being a disciple of Jesus. They asked him three times and every time Peter denied knowing Jesus. The last time he denied it, a rooster crowed. When he heard it, Peter cried. Jesus had told him it would be so.read more
After supper, Jesus went with his apostles to a garden that had many olive trees. Jesus told them to stay at the entrance to the garden, but he took Peter, James, and John into the garden with Him. In the garden, Jesus prayed, asking God his Father to save him from what he knew was coming next. But he also said that he would do whatever God wanted. “Not my will,” Jesus prayed, “but Yours, be done.” When he had finished praying, Jesus went to see his disciples, who were sleeping. He woke them and told them to watch and pray with him. Then Jesus returned where he had been before and continued to pray. He again visited his apostles, and found them still sleeping. Jesus felt very sad, because he had asked his apostles to pray with him three times, and three times he found them asleep. Then Judas, one of the apostles, came into the Garden with the Jewish high priests and soldiers. Judas walked over to Jesus and kissed him. He betrayed Jesus. Then the soldiers knew that Jesus was the one they were going to arrest. They tied him up with ropes, and led him away. The apostles ran away in fear. They left Jesus all alone (Mt 26: 36-46).read more
On Thursday, before the Passover feast, Jesus sent his apostles to prepare the Passover meal in the upstairs room of a house. When they were all gathered together, Jesus took a towel and washed the feet of each of his apostles. Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet. He thought only servants should wash people’s feet. But Jesus said that Peter must have his feet washed if he wanted to belong to God.
When Jesus finished washing the apostles’ feet, he told them, “Do you understand what I just did for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and that is what I am. But if I washed your feet, then you must wash each other’s feet.”read more
As the time drew near for Jesus to suffer for us, he traveled to Jerusalem. He told two of his disciples to go into a village and bring back a small donkey they would find there. Jesus said it would be a donkey that nobody had ever ridden. When his disciples found the donkey, they brought it to Jesus.
Jesus rode the little donkey into Jerusalem. The people of the city were very happy to see Jesus. They took off their cloaks and laid them across the road so the donkey could walk over them. They also cut branches from some palm trees, and waved the palms as Jesus rode past them. Everyone shouted, “Hosanna in the highest!” – which means “God, save us!” They said this because they thought Jesus had come to become their king.read more
Jesus taught his followers many things. He taught them in ways that were peaceful and forgiving. His most important lesson was that God loved us so much that He sent His beloved Son – Jesus – into the world, to die for all people, to save us from our sins.
The followers of Jesus, who were his apostles and disciples, thought he had come to build an army or become a great king on earth. However, Jesus had come to die, to free all people from their sins. He told his apostles three different times that he would be betrayed by those he loved. He told them he would suffer and die, and that on the third day he would rise from the dead.read more
Daily readings with reflections, Pope's messages, Bishop's messages, Church's music & videos, Educational Speaker, Bible Stories, Christopher Notes, Church Militant Video, Religious Movies, Journey Home