3rd APRIL 2024

Easter: A Time for New Life | Indiana Association of Home Educators

WEDNESDAY, EASTER OCTAVE

 

Acts 3: 1-10;               Ps 105: 1-4, 6-9;                     Lk 24: 13-35


 

NEWNESS OF LIFE

 

In the Easter Octave and we reflect on the Risen Lord who brought newness into our lives. Jesus who suffered and died for us all, for our sins, rose from death and freed us from sin and brought us to newness of life. He never dies but lives forever and gives us a share in that newness of life.

Today’s readings help us to understand and realize this reality. In the first reading we hear when Peter and John were about to enter the temple to pray, a crippled, sitting at the entrance begged them for help. Peter tells him “I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk”. And that crippled by birth jumped on his legs and began to walk. Though he begged for material help, through the intervention of Peter the crippled got a new life altogether. The power of the newness of life of the Risen Lord worked through Peter.

In the gospel, we have the Emmaus story which we might have heard and read many times. The two disciples were going to Emmaus, filled with sadness and discussing all about the passion and death of their master. And they thought everything was over, so they were going away from Jerusalem. When Jesus joined them on the way, they failed to recognize him and began to explain to them the Scriptures. Later, they recognized him in the breaking of Bread.

In the first reading, the encounter and the healing or the newness of life took place in Jerusalem, the two disciples of Jesus were going away from Jerusalem but the encounter of Jesus brings them back to Jerusalem where they narrate everything to the other disciples which fills everyone with the newness of life. Jesus went to Jerusalem to be crucified in order to bring us the newness of life. And not run away from Jesus who alone can give us that newness of life always.

 


Response: Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.


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