Sunday, April 19, 2015

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19, Psalm 4:2, 4, 7, 9, 1 John2:1-5a, Luke 24:35-48


Acts 3:13-15, 17-19, Psalm 4:2, 4, 7, 9, 1 John2:1-5a, 
Luke 24:35-48

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

My Beloved, when man committed Deicide , when they crucified You, one would have imagined that it would be end of the story of our relationship with God. But God does not think like man He began a new chapter in our history. From the foundations of the world God saw what we would do to You and sought a way to save us and in doing so to demonstrate His great love for us.

As St.Peter says, the people acted out of ignorance - had they known who You were, they would not have demanded that You be executed and a known murderer be released. You took the place of a  convicted felon while he was set free. In fact the crowds demanded that Barabbas be set free while they  bayed for Your Blood, the same Blood that would wipe away the sins of all mankind and restore the inheritance we had lost. Scripture had to be fulfilled and now every time we sin we can repent and begin anew through Your act of salvation. Thank You. 

Psalm 4:2, 4, 7, 9

Who do we have but You my Lord, You answer when we call. You console when we are in distress, You forgive our sins, You grant us Your peace. We can count on Your mercy and compassion always and in You we find shelter from the storms that would otherwise destroy us.

1 John 2:1-5a

My Beloved, You are the eternal Word of the Living God. When the Word makes His dwelling place in us, when we keep the Word and obey It, we are united with God our Father and to You through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

All sin is displeasing to God and because we have such a loving Father we ought never to sin but we are frail, weak creatures this is why You became the Sacrificial Lamb that bore our sins and redeemed the world. 

Grant us the grace my Lord to witness to Your love for us by obeying Your command to love God above and before all and our neighbor as ourselves.

Luke 24:35-48

My Beloved, we are called always to witness to all that You do in our lives. The joy of knowing You and being loved by You is the source of our deepest peace and confidence. We must share with others what we ourselves have experienced. The joy of the Eucharist, the source of our strength, is the Food we receive at the Eucharistic table where we become one with God and our neighbor which is a foretaste of our eternal union in heaven.

Peace is Your gift to us - a peace that we have even in the midst of turmoil and difficulty for we trust in You. We touch You, we eat You, You make Your dwelling place in us what more could we desire my Lord and my God - we have everything when we have You.

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