for Sunday, April 19, 2015
All three readings today speak about situations in which people did things
and made comments and really did not know what was happening at the
spiritual level, at the level where God and our world interact. You and I
are like that in our daily lives as well. Often God is at work and we
ignore it, or we do not see it, or we refuse to believe it. And then we
just go on living but the depths of spiritual possibility have been ignored
The first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles and recounts how Saint
Peter told the people of this time that they had caused the death of Jesus.
Then Saint Peter softens it and says that all of this was done out of
ignorance. So the challenge is to move from ignorance to knowledge of the
Lord Jesus. We must learn to know how God is at work in our lives, even
when we may not be aware of it. This is a strong lesson because so many of
us today live as if there were no God, even when we may pay homage to God
with our lips.
The second reading today is from the First Letter of Saint John and speak
about people who proclaim with their mouths that Jesus is Lord but by their
actions they make their words lies. That means, of course, that we can all
say that Jesus is Lord but unless we live in a way that proclaims that
Jesus is truly Lord of my life, then our words are just lied and untruths.
This is the same message for all of us: if you and I really believe in
god, then our lives have to change and we have to live in such a way that
our actions proclaim Christ rather than have words that are empty of
The Gospel of Luke, which is given to us today, is the same message again:
Christ can appear right in front of our noses and we may still not believe
in Him because what He does is so far outside of our normal experiences.
We can sense in today's Gospel that the disciples want to believe, but to
believe asks quite a bit of them because they had seen the Lord Jesus die.
How many ways the Lord Jesus can die in our lives! We can let Jesus die in
our lives by not praying, by living in a way that excludes Him, by treating
others and even ourselves in bad ways, by ignoring the demands of God in
our personal life, etc. Then once again Jesus may break through and show
us that He is alive and risen - and we can still reject that or we can accept
that and try to make sense of it. It is not easy to believe!
We are invited to believe in the Lord Jesus today: the believe that He is
God, to believe that He rose from the dead, to believe that He loves me
personally and to believe that I must also work to bring the Good News to
all peoples. Christ is risen! Christ is truly risen. Alleluia.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 3.13-15, 17-19
Second Reading: 1 John 2.1-5
Gospel: Luke 24.35-48
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