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Engaging the Word: 04/19/2015

The gospel reading for this week shows a scene during which Jesus’ followers were utterly bewildered.  They were eating and reminiscing about their recently crucified leader, most likely feeling afraid and abandoned.  And when Jesus appears to them, they do not jump for joy, but rather become even more frightened at the thought of seeing His ghost.  However, Jesus wishes peace upon them and teaches them of how his life and death are actually prophesized in the Jewish scriptures.

There is hope in Jesus calming explanation of his death being foretold in the scriptures but even more so in the first reading of Acts.  Peter says to those responsible for Jesus’ death that they can be forgiven since they acted of their own ignorance.  This is the Good News– that even these sinners can repent.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be ready to forgive.  What does this say for us today?

Well, St. John addresses the universal church (which includes us) in his letter from which we read this week.  In order to know Jesus, John says, we must strive to keep the commandments of Moses.  But (and this is the hopeful part), we all will fail at some point in time.  Jesus did not die for just the sins of a few but for the sins of all.  Therefore, if we are truly sorry, our sins will be forgiven.  God is willing to accept us as flawed human beings as long as we try to live by the Law.


1st Reading: Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19 ~  Responsorial: Psalms 118: 2, 4, 7-9

2nd Reading: 1 John 2: 1-5 ~  Gospel: Luke 24: 35-48


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