The Lord is truly risen
April 15, 2018 3rd Sunday of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 3:13–15, 17–19 2nd
Reading: 1 John 2:1–5a Gospel: Luke 24:35–48
Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.
As they went on talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their midst. And he said to them, “Peace to you.” In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost, but he said to them, “Why are you upset and why do such ideas cross your mind? Look at my hands and feet and see that it is I myself.
Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have.”
In their joy they didn’t dare believe and were still astonished. So he said to them, “Have you anything to eat?” and they gave him a piece of broiled fish. He took it and ate it before them.
Then Jesus said to them, “Remember the words I spoke to you when I was still with you: Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he went on, “You see what was written: the Messiah had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. Then repentance and forgiveness in his name would be proclaimed to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Now you shall be witnesses to this.
(Daily Gospel in the
The disciples failed to appreciate Jesus’ surprise gift of peace because even though locked doors were already penetrated they continued to lock their inner selves in fear. It was only when Jesus asked for something to eat that they began to loosen up.
They recognized him when he asked for food because meal was one experience they had with Jesus that stood out among their many experiences with him. They were always in a meal fellowship. They were together during the wedding at Cana, they shared meal with tax collectors, and when Jesus was about to undergo the Passion one last important act he did was to take supper with them. In that great supper he told them: “As often as you do this, you do so in memory of me.” The intention was obvious: Jesus wanted his relationships to be marked by table fellowship.
When he asked for food it was like he renewed his meal fellowship with them. As he did he also explained Scriptures, opening their minds to the meaning of the Calvary experience. When they finally understood the meaning of the Calvary event and the necessity to proclaim the message of repentance and forgiveness to the world, Jesus tasked them to become his bold witnesses, no longer the fearful followers locked up in fear! –(Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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