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O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name inall the earth!--Psalm 8:2
Mass readings: Acts 3:11-26 / Luke 24:35-48
My ancestry is Irish, though filtered through several generations who lived in England before coming to America. But I had a high school classmate and another in college who were first-generation Irish-Americans. They often regaled us with the traditional Irish mythology of fairies, banshees (whose wailing presaged a death) and ghosts. The stories of a black ''death coach,'' driven by a headless horseman and pulled by a team of black horses, were especially chilling.
In today's Gospel reading, the disciples are terrified because they mistake the Risen Jesus for a ghost. But Luke isn't telling goblin tales. Jesus assures the disciples, ''Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.'' The wounds of crucifixion are still present, but Jesus is truly risen. The disciples' fear yields to joy.
Prayer: May the good news of Your resurrection, Lord, be ever in my heart.
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