1st APRIL 2024

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MONDAY, EASTER OCTAVE

 

Acts 2: 14, 22-33;                   Ps 16: 1-2, 5, 7-11;                 Mt 28: 8-15


 

IT IS NOT AS I PLANNED

 

“It is not as I planned!” is, a often used phrase. Does life have a purpose or is everything just a coincidence? The readings of the day highlight on the working of the Holy Spirit in the early days of Christianity. Peter, one of Jesus’s close disciples, stood up in front of a huge crowd and called their attention to a profound mystery that took place in their midst. He spoke about Jesus – not just as a great teacher or a miracle worker, but as someone more special.

 

Peter highlighted Jesus’s life, the amazing things He did, and how His crucifixion wasn’t a tragic accident but a crucial part of God’s big plan to save humanity. This speech also dives into an overwhelming concept: Jesus is both fully human and fully divine. It’s like saying Jesus knows what it’s like to be us, living the life of a normal human being, while also being this extraordinary, beyond-our-understanding kind of divine being.

 

Why does all this matter? Well, it’s about love, sacrifice, and finding a deeper connection with God. Well, then why Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross? It is an ultimate act of love, showing just how much God cares about every single one of us. It’s a reminder that no matter what we face, God’s got a plan, and His love for us never wavers.

 

When life gets tough, the words of St. Peter must serve as a guide. They remind us that God’s plan is all about love and redemption, offering us hope and purpose even amid struggles. They encourage us to take a good, hard look at our relationship with God and how His love can change everything for us. When life shows a sad turn, when we think we are alone and feel life is worthless, let this passage remind us of love, sacrifice, and the power of Jesus. Let it motivate us in a way that can touch our lives and help us see the world through a lens of hope and grace. May God guide us and strengthen us.

 


Response: Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.


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