The Greatest Cover-up

Easter Monday

Matthew 28: 8-15
Acts 2:14.22-32 / Ps 16

My heart is glad, my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure, for you will not abandon me to Sheol, nor let your faithful servant see corruption. You show me the path to life, you fill me with joy in your presence.
(Psalm 16:9-11)

May the Holy Spirit’s power
Recharge us again this Easter;
May He make our mission richer
With His joy that lasts forever.

In the Acts of the Apostles, Peter, the once humble fisherman now filled with the Holy Spirit, quoted the above Psalm (16) written by King David, wherein he had prophesied the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Peter said, “He (King David) foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld nor did his flesh see corruption” (Acts 2:31).

Peter quoted Scriptures to prove the Resurrection of Jesus, as prophesied by King David himself and the other prophets, and counter the lie that the chief priests and pharisees were spreading that “His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep” (Mt. 28:13). The pharisees had even bribed the soldiers guarding the tomb with a large sum of money just to propagate the lie that the Resurrection of Christ never happened. And this unfortunate secret has been kept from most of the Jews till the present age.

Reflection

Up to the present time, the whole Judaic nation is still waiting for the coming of the Messiah. As the title of an old college play aptly points out, they are “Waiting for Godot” — waiting for a god who will never come.

The Jews missed out on the two most important historical events in their lives as God’s ‘Chosen People’ — the birth of the Promised Messiah (which was prophesied by their ancestors), and His Resurrection (also prophesied, but was covered up by their leaders). There is no such thing as Christmas or Easter in the country of Israel. Only the Arab and Greek Orthodox Christians, and some migrants celebrate them there. Small wonder that this troubled, scattered people have never found rest from conflicts and strifes since time immemorial. As our Lord said in Mt. 13:14-15: “Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says, ‘You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes . . .”

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Who destroyed death and brought us to life. Hear our prayers which we offer in the hope of eternal glory, and grant that we who have received new life in the resurrection of Jesus may always praise and worship You, Father, with Your Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ages to come. Amen.

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