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The Answer

by Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com
Used with permission.

The scene of the empty tomb and two reactions: skepticism (Mary Magdalene) and faith (the beloved disciple). Many experiences in life present us with the same options. Was it the activity of the evil? Or, was it the hand of God? Like St. Paul insisted, these experiences need to be tested. But we should not draw hasty conclusions. Instead, we should look to the source of the experience and its “aftershocks.” Does good come from the experience or more evil? And if good does result, was God its ultimate cause? After all, how did you know that the death of Jesus was the will of God? Look to the empty tomb. You will see the Resurrection!

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Related Questions

  1. Have you ever seen something so unusual that the experience gave you pause? Did you jump to a conclusion? What happened?
  2. Have you ever seen God’s hand in the unusual? What was it? How did you know God was responsible for the event?
  3. On this glorious day, look at the experiences and events of the past weeks. Thank God for the good and the bad. Allow that reflection and prayer to lead you to the joy of the Resurrection.
Option B

Faith Sharing Questions

by Fr. Eamon Tobin | Ascension Catholic Parish
Used with permission.

  1. Share with the group or person next to you what spoke to you most in the Gospel. With this first question, try to refrain from commenting on what others said. Just share what spoke to you and then move on to the next person.
  2. The apostles were surely surprised by the events of Easter morning.
      • Can you recall a time when God surprised you?
  3. Easter is the victory of life over death, of light over darkness, of goodness over evil.
      • Can you recall a Good Friday event in your life from which good and blessing came?
  4. What is the challenge of Easter for you?
  5. Name one thing today’s Gospel says to us that we disciples of Jesus need to heed and act on.

Option C

Essay Questions

by Fr. Clement Thibodeau | Echoing God’s Word  (Portland Diocese)
Used with permission.

No questions provided for this week.


 

Option A

Scripture Study for Catholics

by Vince Contreras
Used with permission.

Overview of the Gospel

Gospel Overview

  • On the third day after Jesus’ death on the cross Mary Magdalene, accompanied by some other women (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1; Luke 23:55—24:1), comes to the tomb fully expecting to find Jesus’ body. Imagine her reaction when she finds the heavy stone rolled back and the body gone! Her first thought was to run to tell Peter, the leader of the remaining apostles.
  • Although Peter at first doubted her story (Luke 24:11), he and “the other apostle” (by tradition, John), also run to the tomb. They find the burial cloths in such a state that it is clear that the body had not been stolen (verses 6-7). At this point, they still could not grasp that Jesus had risen, as he predicted he would. Later, however, they would have no doubt. 
  • That Jesus rose from the dead is the most well-attested miracle in Scripture. The Old Testament foretold it; Jesus predicted it on more than one occasion; it was confirmed by his several appearances (John 20:19—21:1; Acts 1:3; Luke 24:13-35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8). It was even verified by the Roman soldiers guarding his tomb ((Matthew 28:11-15)! Let us rejoice today that Jesus has defeated sin and death—Alleluia! He is risen indeed!

  1. The 2nd reading speaks of us being “raised in Christ”.
      • In what tense is this spoken of: past, present, or future?
      • What does St. Paul say is our destiny in Christ?
  2. Put yourself in the place of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel reading.
      • What is your emotional state in the days following the crucifixion?
      • Why do you go to the tomb so early?
      • How do you react to the empty tomb? T
      • o what can you compare her joy at meeting the risen Lord?
  3. According to the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, how long was Jesus dead and his body in the tomb (John 2:18-22; Acts 10:40; CCC 994)? What did Jesus do for that time while in the tomb (1 Peter 3:19, 4:6; CCC 631-33)?
  4. What had the disciples been told in advance about Jesus rising from the dead (Matthew 16:21, 27:63)?
      • How do the positions of the linen shroud and the napkin provide corroborating evidence of the Resurrection?
      • What is your proof that Jesus rose from the dead?
  5. How should we respond to the empty tomb?
      • Why did John preach the message (John 19:35, 17:20; 1 John 5:13)?
      • When a loved one dies or life seems cruel or a drudgery, how does the Resurrection of Jesus help you deal with your pain?

Option B

Our Sunday Readings

by Edrianne Ezellv
Used with permission.

Click here for the  Study Guide that includes the Second Reading for Holy Thursday and the Gospel passage for the Easter Vigil. 

PART A: MARK 14:32-42

  1. What all might Jesus have hoped for when he began his ministry?
  2. How might this moment for Jesus have been like his time in the desert?
  3. What might Jesus have expected from Peter, James, and John?
  4. What might Peter, James, and John have thought would happen?
  5. Why do the disciples sleep?
  6. Why do you think Jesus keeps going back to the disciples?
  7. How do you think Jesus is able to pray for God’s will to be done?
  8. How do you think Jesus knows that Judas is about to betray him?
  9. When have you struggled as Jesus did?
  10. When did you “keep watch” with a friend?
  11. When did a friend “stay up” for you?

PART B: MARK 15:25-39

  1. Why is crucifixion an especially painful way to die?
  2. What all do you think is running through Jesus’ mind as he hangs on the cross?
  3. What all might the people walking past be thinking?
  4. Where do you think the disciples are?
  5. What might the disciples be thinking?
  6. What do you think Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  7. Why is the Roman officer there?
  8. What do you imagine the other Roman soldiers doing?
  9. What might have prompted the Roman officer to declare what he does?
  10. Imagine you are at Jesus’ crucifixion. a) Do you say anything? b) Do you do anything? Living the word
  11. What part of this passage stands out to you? Why?
  12. Have you experienced God’s absence?
  13. What should you do during Holy Week?

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