April 19, 2015 - 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER
Acts 3:13 -15, 17 - 19 / 1 Jn 2:1 - 5a / Lk 24:35 - 48
First Reading: Acts 3: 13 - 15, 17 - 19
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.
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
Second Reading: 1 Jn 2:1 - 5a
My little children, I write to you that you may not sin. But if anyone sins, we have an intercessor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Just One. He is the sacrificial victim for our sins and the sins of the whole world.
How can we know that we know him? If we fulfill his commands. If you say, "I know him," but do not fulfill his commands, you are a liar and the truth is not in you. But if you keep his word, God's love is made complete in you.
Gospel Reading: Lk 24:35 – 48
Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.
As they were 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. As he said this, he showed his hands and feet.
In their joy they did not 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 written: 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 on this."
Today's Gospel reading about the risen Christ begins with the account of the two disciples who encountered Jesus on their way to Emmaus and who recognized him in the breaking of bread: "Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them." The two disciples recognized Jesus when he repeated what he had done before; the disciples remembered him in the breaking of bread.
In the Gospel account of the appearance of the risen Jesus to his followers, he tried to show that it was indeed he himself before them: "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. As he said this, he showed his hands and feet." It was the same Jesus they knew who was before them.
The Gospel reminds us to be mindful of the things that we do and the words we say and the things we see. For all these contain memories of events and people of the past and of other things yet to unfold. These actions and words can hold other information about ourselves and of events which could contribute to our growth and the development of others around us.
The Gospel also reminds us to be aware of the things happening to us and around us. It is often said that God speaks to us at times in ways we can understand and at times in ways we may not be able to understand. Yet we can only hear God speaking to us in whatever way if we listen, if we are attentive, if we are purposeful in our words and deeds.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (+)
ELIZABETH SUN (JAN 12, 1957 – APR 19, 1999)
FELICIDAD CO ONG (DEC 23, 1923 – APR 19, 2013)
For Tan Chin Eng who had a stroke a few weeks ago, is still wheel chair bound and has lost the will to live.
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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