Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Acts 3:1-10, Psalm 105:1-4,6-9, Luke 24:13-35


Acts 3:1-10, Psalm 105:1-4,6-9, Luke 24:13-35

Acts 3:1-10

My Beloved, when people exercise their faith those who witness its power will always be astonished and amazed. At the hour of prayer, the hour of divine mercy, those who plead for sinners no matter how crippled they may be with sin, will find that God who is generous and full of kindness and love, will hear and answer.  So often sinners do not know how to get out of the bondage of sin and look to You for help in moments like these we are called to put our faith into action certain that God will work mightily in the only Name in heaven and on earth that has the power to save.

My Beloved when sinners experience your power that continues to work mightily through your disciples they jump leap and walk praising God for His awesome power to heal and save.

Psalm 105:1-4,6-9

My Beloved, no Christian who has experienced the joy of knowing and loving You can be silent. Just like the cripple in the Gospel we too walk, jump leap and praise God. Thank You for Your abiding Presence with us in the Holy Eucharist. Thank You for being Emmanuel for us.  I thank You for Your faithfulness and the constancy of Your immense love to all who belong to You.  Thank You for Your generosity in pouring out Your grace and blessings on those who will come after us. Truly You are gracious, merciful and kind.

Luke 24:13-35

My Beloved, this has got to be one of the most moving and thrilling passages in Scripture. The writer describes the whole event most vividly. The gloom and dejection of the disciples is palpable as they walk in gloomy silence away from Jerusalem wrapped in their own thoughts all hope has gone out of their lives. They can barely comprehend the terrible tragedy they have witnessed and the dark days of the recent past. How swiftly their joy and hope had turned into abject misery. They were witness to the most awesome miracles worked by You, they had lived with You and they believed they would be part of the new era that You would usher in as the Messiah who had come to save them and establish the Kingdom of God.How dramatically things had changed - they saw You arrested like a common criminal, treated with disrespect, subjected to humiliation and directed such vile hatred toward You and You gave Yourself up silently, like a lamb before its shearers.

They could make no sense of it all. They were bewildered and grief stricken to and horrified a the cruelty  
You had been subjected to and suddenly a Stranger is in their midst they do no recognize You but You them through the Scriptures and You draw them out slowly but surely from darkness to light and finally when they persuaded You to stay the night with them, You sat at table with them and at the familiar gesture of taking the bread, saying the blessing and breaking it they recognize You and You were gone. From this moment on we need only the eyes of faith to see You in the Eucharist where You will remain us until You come again in glory.

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