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 or missed.
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 meaning.
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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