2nd APRIL 2024

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TUESDAY, EASTER OCTAVE

 

Acts 2: 36-41;                         Ps 33: 4-5, 18-20, 22;                         Jn 20: 11-18


 

IF ONLY I HAD A SECOND CHANCE

 

Regrets and more regrets! Often we have thumped our fists hard on the table saying, “If only I had a second chance! I already blew one!” Life provides us with certain occasions and opportunities for which we need to stay on our guard. You miss one and thus you will regret that lost opportunity for your entire life. Consider therefore the situation of the Israelites, who having waited for their Messiah for centuries, failed to recognize him and crucified him on the grounds of blasphemy. When they did realize their mistake, it was too late! Or was it?

 

In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter made the Jews realize their ignorance of recognizing Jesus as their saviour and explained through a lengthy sermon the entire act of salvation fructified in Jesus Christ. When the Jews heard this they were ‘cut to the heart.’ The meaning of the phrase ‘cut to the heart’ in its original text i.e. Greek means Metanoia. It is not just a simple recognition of their failure but a true contrition that resulted in their change of lives. It is in this desire for a second chance to rectify their already committed mistake, the Jews cry, “What shall we do?” For this, Peter replies, “Repent and be baptized.” This is beauty incarnated in Christianity. Every failure has an option for amendment and for every sinner there is a second chance to change his life.

 

The tax collector, the woman caught in adultery, the Samaritan woman and even the thief on the Cross. All deserved a second chance and they were given by Jesus. After his resurrection, he extended this channel of mercy through the Apostles by instituting the sacraments such as Baptism and Reconciliation. As we are in the octave of Easter, we with renewed Easter faith celebrate with the Church the reconciliation we have made with God through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through him, we have always been granted a second chance. May His mercy be praised forever!

 


Response: His merciful love fills the earth.


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