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THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, APRIL 14, 2024





Gospel

Lk 24:35-48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,

and how Jesus was made known to them

in the breaking of bread.


While they were still speaking about this,

he stood in their midst and said to them,

"Peace be with you."


But they were startled and terrified

and thought that they were seeing a ghost.

Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled?


And why do questions arise in your hearts?

Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.

Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones

as you can see I have."


And as he said this,

he showed them his hands and his feet.

While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,

he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"

They gave him a piece of baked fish;

he took it and ate it in front of them.


He said to them,

"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,

that everything written about me in the law of Moses

and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."


Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

And he said to them,

"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer

and rise from the dead on the third day

and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,

would be preached in his name

to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

You are witnesses of these things."


REFLECTION

"You are witnesses of these things."


Believers are empowered to serve as witnesses for Christ. There have been many martyrs, who died for their faith in Christ. If we step up to witness, we can face extreme trials, and we might not be able to do that which we would love to do.


Peter, just a few hours before the arrest of Jesus, pledged his allegiance. He miserably failed that challenge. I find myself to be on St Peter's team. Speech is cheap, posturing is heroic but can we speak up and defend our faith, whether we are in a classroom, boardroom, family gatherings, and even at church?


For extra doses of strength, courage, backbone and to lose fear of failure or betrayal of friends, ask God for His help: Pray, fast, go to confession, spend time with Jesus at adoration, say daily rosary and receive the Holy Eucharist. We should be able to be good witnesses for the Lord.


God Bless You





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