I believe the Catechism is THE tool for the re-evangelizing of secular society and the renewal of Catholic culture. Every Monday this epic mini-series will share a gem from our Catechism of the Catholic Church that is interesting, relevant, or remarkable. ________________________________________________________________________
This week's interesting catechism is related to today's Gospel reading on the first Monday in the Octave of Easter. It is interesting to realize that just as a woman (Mary) is the first to hear of the good news of Christ's birth and mediate this message to the world, so a woman (or women) is the first to hear of Christ's Resurrection and mediate this good news to the Church (the Apostles).
Dem Catholics love women!
641 Mary Magdalene and the holy women who came to finish anointing the body of Jesus, which had been buried in haste because the Sabbath began on the evening of Good Friday, were the first to encounter the Risen One.498 Thus the women were the first messengers of Christ's Resurrection for the apostles themselves.499 They were the next to whom Jesus appears: first Peter, then the Twelve. Peter had been called to strengthen the faith of his brothers,500 and so sees the Risen One before them; it is on the basis of his testimony that the community exclaims: "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"501