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The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118:1 and 14-15AB, 16-18, 19-21; Mk 16:9-15
Diary: 132, 319, 637

"But they did not believe." — Mk 16:11

Today's Gospel revisits some of the opportunities for the apostles to believe that Jesus is risen.

After Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, she tells His companions that she saw Him alive. They don't believe. He appears in another form to two traveling disciples who return and tell the others. They don't believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature" (Mk 16:14).


The Risen Lord gives the job of evangelization to the very ones who did not want to believe until they had seen. Who better to go convince others?

The same Jesus who came to the disciples in this reading comes to us through the priest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Receive this Sacrament as part of your observance of Divine Mercy Sunday.

Prayer: Lord, help me to trust in You and to seek Your mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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