Wednesday, April 27, 2011
EASTER THURSDAY – YEAR I
EASTER THURSDAY – YEAR I
Acts 3:11-26 / Ps 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9 / Lk 24:35-48
While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, struck with
astonishment, came running to them in Solomon's Porch, as it was
called. When Peter saw the people, he said to them, "Fellow
Israelites, why are you amazed at this? Why do you stare at us as if
it was by some power or holiness of our own that we made this man
walk? The God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our
ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over to
death and denied before Pilate, when even Pilate had decided to
release him. You rejected the Holy and Just One, and you insisted that
a murderer be released to you. You killed the Master of life, but God
raised him from the dead and we are witnesses to this. It is his Name,
and faith in his Name, that has healed this man whom you see and
recognize. The faith that comes through Jesus has given him wholeness
in the presence of all of you. Yet I know that you acted out of
ignorance, as did your leaders. God has fulfilled in this way what he
had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.
Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out and
the time of refreshment may come by the mercy of God, when he sends
the Messiah appointed for you, Jesus. For he must remain in heaven
until the time of the universal restoration which God spoke of long
ago through his holy prophets. Moses foretold this when he said: The
Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own
people; you shall listen to him in all that he says to you. Whoever
does not listen to that prophet is to be cut off from among his
people. In fact, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel onward,
have announced the events of these days. You are the children of the
prophets and heirs of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors
when he said to Abraham: All the families of the earth will be blessed
through your descendant. It is to you first that God sends his
Servant; he raised him to life to bless you by turning each of you
from your wicked ways."
The two disciples told what had happened on the road and how Jesus
made himself known when he broke bread with them. As they went on
talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their midst. (And he said
to them, "Peace to you.") In their panic and fright they thought they
were seeing a ghost, but he said to them, "Why are you upset and why
do such ideas cross your mind? Look at my hands and feet and see that
it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no
flesh and bones as I have." In their joy they didn't dare believe and
were still astonished. So he said to them, "Have you anything to eat?"
and they gave him a piece of broiled fish. He took it and ate it
before them. Then Jesus said to them, "Remember the words I spoke to
you when I was still with you: Everything written about me in the Law
of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled." Then he
opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he went on, "You
see what was writ ten: the Messiah had to suffer and on the third day
rise from the dead. Then repentance and forgiveness in his name would
be proclaimed to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Now you
shall be witnesses to this.
The Gospel today brings us to the room in Jerusalem where Jesus'
disciples were gathered together. Perhaps they were afraid of what
would come next; their Master was crucified. Or perhaps the disciples
were in confusion and repentance after that day for they did not
remain faithful to him to the end. The two disciples whom the Lord met
on the way to Emmaus were recounting their experience and how that
encounter affected their faith. Suddenly there appeared before them a
figure with an unrecognizable voice who greeted them: "Peace be with
you." In their fright, the disciples perhaps could only think of a
ghost. The voice continues to speak: "Why are you troubled? Look at my
hands and feet. It is I myself. I have flesh and bones as you can see.
Have you anything here to eat?" It was the Lord. He is risen!
As Jesus brought peace to his disciples, he wants to bring this peace
to us also, so that we may become channels of his grace. As
Christians, do we believe that Jesus us risen? How does this
realization affect us?
Because of the forgiveness that we have received from him, would we
also be ready to forgive others? Would we be ready to show and preach
to others God's peace and the teachings of his kingdom?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Allen P.
- Jerry Dy
- Kenneth Daniel
- Ely Lara
- Bert Villacorta
- Rita P. Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of
- Titong V
- Veronica Yap
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jaime Ysmael
- Birthday: Emmanuel Perez
- Wedding Anniversary: Richard & Lucy Gomez
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Acosta Sison
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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