Encouraging kids to develop virtues with a little help from the Community of Saints
Sunday, April 24, 2016
April 24: Saint Mary Clopas
Salome, Mary Magdalene and Mary Clopas are told by an angel that Jesus has risen from the dead. Illustration by Smirke.
We don’t know too much about Saint Mary Clopas, other than that she loved Jesus, she’s the mother two sons (James and Joseph) and the wife of Cleophas. Her son James was one of the Apostles, and some scholars think that her husband was the brother of Saint Joseph, our Lord’s foster-father. This would explain her sometimes being called the “sister of Mary” - meaning sister-in-law. Mary Clopas was with the Blessed Mother and Mary Magdalene at the Crucifixion (John 19:25), and she also accompanied Mary Magdalene to the Lord’s tomb to anoint His body (Matthew 28:1), so she was one of the first to find out about His Resurrection.
Even though it's been almost three weeks since Easter, Catholics are still celebrating the Resurrection! Today, imagine what it must have been like to be full of sorrow and to go to Jesus’ tomb, only to find it empty! Then, choose one of these coloring pages (simple, medium,complex) and make a beautiful picture to show how you think the women felt when they found out Christ is risen.