Sunday, April 26, 2009



On this last Sunday of April, the third Snday of Easter, we continue to meet the Risen Christ. He sets the hearts of His Disciples at peace and opens their minds to understand the message of the Scriptures concerning his destiny of pain and glory.

It is only in the light of the Resurrection that we are able to make sense of the violent passion and death of Christ. It is likewise in the light of His Resurrection and the eternal life He earned for us that we can come to accept the trials of life with faith and patience.

Only in the Risen Christ can we make sense and oppose the many forms of death that threaten our existence. In this Eucharist, let us ask for an increase in faith, patience and strength for ourselves and all the people we love.

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. He took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."

Euchalette, 26 April 2009
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