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Gospel for the Monday in the Octave of Easter

Matthew 28:8-15

Summary: After leaving the tomb, we encountered Jesus, filled with joy yet fearful. He comforted us, instructing to tell His brothers to meet Him in Galilee. Meanwhile, the guards were bribed by the chief priests to spread a false story that His body was stolen by disciples, a tale some still believe.

Encounter with the Risen Lord

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”

The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

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