Wednesday May 22, 2024 a.d.Pashons 14, 1740 a.m.

2024 Feast of Resurrection Papal Message

Why the Resurrection?

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus is one of the most important Christian doctrines, upon which many other doctrines depend. It is a great miracle and a unique event, like the virginal birth of Christ. Such event hasn’t happened in history and will not happen in the future: a person rising from the dead by His own will and power as He foretold prior to his death.

Christ’s Resurrection Proves His Divinity

He rose because He is God, and because He is God He rose by His own authority since it is obvious that the dead person is normally not able to rise by himself. It proves His divinity since death is a consequence of sin and its punishment, while Christ alone is holy, pure, perfect and sinless; therefore death has no power over Him. Therefore, since He died voluntary and willingly, for our salvation, He also rose by His will and authority. St. Paul emphasized this fact by saying, “… and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Rom 1:4)

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Prophecies Of The Holy Week

Triumphal Entry (Matt 21:1-11; Mk 11:1-11 ; Lk 19:29-44)

  • “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you, He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey. A colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zech 9:9)
  • “Say to the daughter of Zion, surely your salvation is coming, behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him” (Isa 62:11)

Betrayal by a friend (Matt 26:21, 47-50 ; Mk 14:43-46; Lk 22:47,48)

  • “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me” (Ps 41:9)

Sold for 30 pieces of silver (Matt 26:14,15)

  • “Then I said to them, If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain. So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver” (Zech 11:12)

Accused by false witnesses (Matt 26:59-61; Mk 14:55-59)

  • “Fierce witnesses rise up; they ask me things that I do not know” (Ps 35:11)
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Tobit Represents Christ

Archangel Raphael with Tobit
  1. Tobit is a Hebrew name, meaning “Good God” or “Blessed or praise-worthy God.”
    The Lord Christ is our “good God” who incarnate for our salvation. He is the “good Shepherd” (Jn 10:9, 11), and the “good Teacher” (Matt 19:16). He is worthy to be praised and blessed from both the seen and unseen creatures.
  2. The son, Tobit, carries the same name of his father (Tobit 1:9). He also was very similar to his father, according to Raguel’s words to his wife, “How much like my cousin is this young man!” (Tobit 7:2).
    The Lord Christ says, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father… I and My Father are one” (Jn 14:9; 10:30). The Son is begotten from the Father (Matt 3:17, Jn 3:16-18; 6:69), and He is one with Him in essence of divinity, as the Lord Jesus says, “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me” (Jn 14:11).
  3. Tobit was born as an alien at the land of exile away from his home land, Jerusalem.
    Christ was born in our land away from his heavenly place and He came to us from heaven “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven” (Jn 3:13).
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The Christ of the Samaritan Woman

Christ with the Saamaritan Woman

The relationship between Jews and Samaritans was characterized by hatred and enmity, even until the point of death. The reason for this is rooted in the Jews' pride and arrogance towards the Samaritans, because the latter married from the Gentile pagans in the post exilic period. This led the Jews to sever all ties and contact with them. This enmity started at the time of Nehemiah and Ezra the priest who refused to let them help in rebuilding the temple or even in worshiping with them. This led the Samaritans to building another temple on Mount Gerizim in 409 BC.

During the time of Christ, the Samaritans refused to receive Christ in their city. (Luke 9:52-56) However, Christ planned to meet with them by way of His meeting with the Samaritan woman. Thus, He spent some days with them eating and drinking, talking with them and showing them His gentleness and compassion, which ultimately led them to believing in Him and bearing testimony that He is the Savior of the world.

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Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.(2 Cor 9:7)

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