4th APRIL 2024

Apr 25 (Easter Thursday- Lk 24:35-48) – Reflection Capsules

THURSDAY, EASTER OCTAVE

 

Acts 3: 11-26;                         Ps 8: 2, 5-9;                Lk 24: 35-48


  

THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION

 

The first reading recounts Peter’s powerful address to a crowd in Jerusalem’s Solomon’s Portico. In it, Peter boldly proclaims the healing of a man crippled from birth, attributing the miracle to the resurrected Jesus Christ. He challenges the crowd to acknowledge their role in Jesus’ crucifixion but offers hope in repentance and the promise of restoration through faith in Jesus. In the Gospel Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection. He reassures them of his bodily presence and opens their minds to understand the Scriptures, emphasizing the fulfilment of prophecy in his life, death, and resurrection. Jesus commissions them to be witnesses of these events, proclaiming repentance and forgiveness to all nations. Both passages emphasize the transformative power of the resurrection, calling for a change of heart and a life dedicated to sharing the good news of salvation.

These readings remind us of the joyous reality of Christ’s victory over sin and death. The resurrection is not merely a historical event but a living reality that continues to transform lives. It calls us to examine our hearts, repent our sins, and embrace the new life offered through Christ’s resurrection. This Easter joy is a fleeting emotion and a profound truth that should permeate our lives. It calls us to be witnesses of Christ’s love and mercy in our families, communities and the world. The message of repentance and forgiveness is as relevant today as it was in Peter’s time, offering hope and healing to a broken world. The Easter Octave invites us to immerse ourselves in the joy of Christ’s resurrection. It challenges us to live as witnesses of this profound truth, sharing the message of repentance and restoration with a world in need of hope. As we celebrate the Easter season, may we embrace this call with renewed fervour, allowing the joy of the resurrection to transform our lives and the lives of those around us.


Response: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name through all the earth!


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