READINGS for 2006-04-16
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This man God raised (on) the third day and granted that he be visible?. ? Acts 10:39-40
I watched The Passion of the Christ. As soon as the violent and brutal scourging of Jesus began, my tears started to roll. And then they turned into sobs.
Lord, You paid a high price for my salvation. Thank You for the greatest gift I have ever received.
What appears to be victory for the powers of sin and death when Jesus dies on the cross is completely reversed when we take into account the resurrection of Jesus. This event is unprecedented, unheard of in any religion of the world. It is unique to Christianity. It is easy to see how the death of God could be a scandal, but the resurrection can be nothing other than a glorious victory and proclamation of the absolute power of God over the entire universe! Not even death could hold God under its spell. We are certainly fortunate and blessed to have God such as this on our side in the battle against sin and evil.
34 Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, ?In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. 37 what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and [in] Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. 40 This man God raised [on] the third day and granted that he be visible, 41 not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.?
P S A L M
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
R: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever. 2 Let the house of Israel say, ?His mercy endures forever.? (R) 16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD has struck with power. 17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. (R) 22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. (R)
Colossians 3:1-4 (Or 1Corinthians 5:6-8)
Both of these texts from Paul?s letters encourage us to live in Christ according to the truth of His resurrection, that is, His victory of sin and death. This call is fundamental to our lives as Christians. We are called to rejoice in the goodness of God to us and never allow the despondency and horror of sin to govern the way we live our lives. Paul speaks from the experience of a tremendous conversion to the Gospel of salvation. He knows what it means to move from a life of self-focus to one of entrusting all into the hands of God.
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
G O S P E L
I am pretty sure that the disciples? understanding of the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus would have been a growing reality. It is unlikely that they would have understood the full significance of the event at this time. As they moved forward according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, they would have come to a greater realization of the meaning of the teachings of Jesus during His time of ministry and how they apply to them in the light of His resurrection. Let us accept that we will grow in our understanding and application of this truth in our own lives and let us seek to be faithful to it.
1 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, ?They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don?t know where they put him.? 3 So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; 5 he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. 6 When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, 7 and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. 8 Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
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THE HEART OF THE RESURRECTION
When someone we love dies, we feel an unspeakable loss. The death of a loved one maps out for us a future where there will always be a large absence. Oftentimes the finality of the loss is so immense that there is a denial of death itself. This experience proved true for my family when my father passed away in 1998.
Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me. It is Your love that makes me see life beyond the grave. It is Your love that makes me recognize You even beneath my tears. It is Your faithful love that makes me see and believe. Help me to love others as You love me so that they, too, may see You and believe in Your Resurrection. Amen.
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