Today is Easter Monday, the 21st of April.

The choir of Westminster Cathedral sing Haec Dies by William Byrd: ‘This is the day which the Lord has made: let us be glad and rejoice in it. Alleluia.’

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew’s gospel shows us that the first hints of Jesus’s Resurrection raised mixed feelings in the women – feelings of fear, and feelings of great joy.  What feelings are aroused in you when you hear of Jesus’s Resurrection?  And what actions might these feelings prompt in you?

In the passage we also hear of the women’s strong attachment to Jesus.  What’s your attachment to Jesus?   Are there times when you’ve felt a sense of distance from him, but then a renewed unity between his life and yours?

As you hear the passage again, listen attentively to how others mentioned in this passage – the guards, the priest and the elders – listen to how they responded…

Jesus encourages us not to be afraid.   How do you respond to this encouragement?   How can you express your hopes to Jesus himself?