Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Easter Monday 22 April 2019
" Sprinkle me with a wand of hyssop, and I shall be clean; washed, I shall be whiter than snow; “ Psalm 51,9
According to some unconfirmed sources - the women who were running home joyfully from the tomb of Christ , the apostles had to sprinkle them with cold water to calm them down ! I am not sure what the truth is , but the fact is that one of the nice customs of Easter Monday is the sprinkling of women with water ! I would not like it either if our girls , dear colleagues my loved and respected female acquaintances would “wilt” ! Us , priest usually use holy water for sprinkling , that is why at least in my thoughts , on the feast of Christ’s resurrection I sprinkle all my female acquaintances with the blessed water with prayer and love !
In this sparkling spring , I ask the blessing of God upon all precious women, girls that you maybe able, willing to devote every precious minute of your lives for the acceptance, carrying , nurturing of life ! God’s will is that we man work in the inanimate world , struggling for the everyday necessities, but you women should serve life by taking care of your husbands , your children the elderly, the sick ! Indoor hands rests the past , the aged , the graves of our departed , but the present as well , the mountain moving masculine strength that can be constructive , but also can be destructive , and naturally the future as well , the conceived , born, growing-up, developing child ! It is with great respect, love that I pray for you and for us men as well , that with the blessing of our creator we can be your partners, companions in the living, fulfilling of your calling, vocation!
The sprinkling is virtual , the prayer said in place of the rhyme, little verse , is real so I am also counting on my red Easter egg!
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : our girls from Déva waiting to be sprinkled by the young men.
The Word of God
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, ‘You must say, “His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.” If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.’ So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.