EASTER OCTAVE, TUESDAY
Reading 1: Acts 2:36-41 Covers the aftermath of Peter’s first sermon, the conversion and baptism of some three thousand of his hearers.
Gospel: Jn 20:11-18 Jesus appears to Mary Magdalen, calls her by name, is recognized by her, and sends her to bring the good news of his resurrection to the apostles.
RESURRECTION REBUILDS US IN HOPE
Every human being has a chance to change, repent and walk the path of virtue. Of this, Mary Magdalene is an example. Today’s readings emphasize that eternal life is possible for all those who believe.
We often encounter moments in life, when it seems like nothing is going right, no matter how hard we try to improve. At such times we need to remind ourselves to turn to God and not away from him; for, it is only through our hope in him that we will endure these moments of trial and despair. The sorrows of our life can be turned into hope when we seek the Lord even when it is difficult. Only those who reach out to him will find the strength to keep striving for holiness. We need to believe that things will eventually work for our good, even though it may seem at that moment, to contain nothing but failure and emptiness.
Jesus’ resurrection brought new hope to the people who were saddened by his death. Mary Magdalene, who transformed her life while in his company, became the first witness of his resurrection. Jesus revealed himself to one who was known as a great sinner; this, in itself, is a sign of hope for all those struggling with the guilt of grave sin, that it is never too late to change, and that the Lord’s mercy and grace is always at hand.
In today’s first reading Peter urges the people to turn away from sin and be baptized in the name of Jesus. Three thousand were baptized that day after listening to him. To be baptized is to be delivered from sin, and to be renewed in hope. Let us ask the Lord for the grace to hope in him despite the enormity of our failures, to trust in his mercy despite the gravity of our sins and to praise him despite the severity of our sufferings. May we be open to listen to his voice that we may be filled with hope to endure to the end.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 33:4-5,18-20,22 His merciful love fills the earth.
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