August 15, 2022     7:53 am
138. Week of Easter Sunday - Thursday
The Apostles did not believe
          And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they did not believe them.   Luke 24:11
          What became of the other women who had fled from the grave? As trembling they went their way, behold, Jesus met them, after He had appeared to Mary Magdalene, and said to them: "All hail!" And they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then He said to them: "Do not be afraid; go tell my brethren that they should go into Galilee, and there they shall see Me." And they went and told all these things to the eleven Apostles, and to all the rest of them that had been with Jesus, as they mourned and wept. And lo, Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken this to her. But the Apostles and the other disciples, when they heard that Jesus lived, and had been seen by the women, did not believe. "And their words seemed to them as idle tales and they did not believe them." Their hearts were too badly crushed beneath the temptation of the cross. They could not comprehend these things. But soon the Saviour came to them to cheer them, and to rescue them from the fatal sadness, and to grant them grace to know Him and His salvation. After all, they were His own - O Christian, you, too, will live to see times of difficult trial and great sadness, and it will seem to you that you have lost your Saviour, and Satan will insinuate to flesh and blood that the Gospel truths are idle tales. But hold fast to the Word, and wait on the Lord. He will deliver you, and make you rejoice in the knowledge of Him. Do not be terrified when afflictions come. Must they not come because your flesh is evil and Satan is waylaying you?
          PRAYER: - Deliver me, my Lord and Saviour, for in You I hope! Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You, my almighty and faithful Shepherd. My flesh is evil, and Satan is too powerful for me. How will I be able to keep my faith? O risen Lord, let me, a miserable worm feel the almighty power of Your life in me, and preserve me in true faith to a blessed end. Amen, even so, You will perform it. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:53 am