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Monday, April 13, 1998

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Easter Monday

Acts 2:14, 22-32
Psalm 16
Matthew 28:8-15

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lies for sale

"They, in turn, convened with the elders and worked out their strategy, giving the soldiers a large bribe with the instructions: 'You are to say, "His disciples came during the night and stole Him while we were asleep." ' " —Matthew 28:12-13

Satan could not stop Jesus from rising from the dead. He cannot chain the word of God (2 Tm 2:9). However, he has been able to stop many people from believing in the risen Lord and from being witnesses for Him. Satan, the father of lies (Jn 8:44), has done this by purchasing lies, that is, by bribery. When he tried to do this with Jesus, Jesus threw him out (Mt 4:9-10). However, Satan has been more successful with Jesus' followers. Satan purchased at a bargain price Judas' lying kiss by which Judas handed God over for crucifixion (Mt 26:14-15). Satan also bought a whole pack of lies from the soldiers at Jesus' tomb. They pocketed the money and then lied about Jesus' resurrection (Mt 28:15). Throughout history, Satan keeps buying lies and marching out his flunkies to deny Jesus' resurrection. Isn't that what we see in our "culture of death"?

However, there have always been a few people who won't be bought — people who will witness for the risen Christ at any cost. What's your price? Can you be bought? If so, Satan will buy you, your lies, your silence, and your soul. Be willing to give up anything and everything to be a witness for the risen Christ.

Prayer:  Father, I serve You, not money (Mt 6:24).

Promise:  "This is the Jesus God has raised up, and we are His witnesses." —Acts 2:32

Praise:  Alleluia! Jesus lives forever! Jesus raises the dead! Jesus is Lord! Alleluia!

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997