The following posts contain the voices spoken in the scripture text of Easter. As you pray, listen carefully to these and see how much they echo your own thoughts on the Resurrection of Jesus.
But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead ... Mtt. 28:5
And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me." Mtt. 28.9
And returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Jo-anna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. Lk. 24: 9-11
Review again the structure of this approach to prayer:
- PLACE: choosing a place with a measure of quiet and solitude.
- PRESENCE: entering this prayer expecting to be guided by Grace.
- PETITION: asking for the graces that will make this prayer fruitful.
- PASSAGE: preparing a passage of scripture for reflection.
- PRAYER: entering the passage, looking, listening, imagining you are there, focusing on various persons, collecting your thoughts, feelings, reaction.
- PRAISE and thanks: closing with a prayer formed in your own words, as one speaking face to face to another; expressing your gratitude for the blessings and guidance received in this prayer time.