First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 3:13 – 15, 17 - 19
Responsorial Psalm: 4:2, 4, 7 – 8, 9
Second Reading: 1 John 2: 1 – 5a
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:35 - 48
Reflection: Forty days between the day of Jesus resurrection from the dead (Easter
Sunday) and the day of his ascension into heaven were extremely challenging to both the
disciples of Jesus and the general population. Most of the disciples if not all were
carrying in their heads a big defeat in their party after the shameful suffering, death and
burial of Jesus Christ. It was their full trust in him which led them to leave behind their
careers and even their families and surrendered themselves to Him. Seeing him defeated
by the powers of this world and subjected Him to the carrying of the cross with the crown
of thorns in his head and have the power to torture his body, seeing him helpless and half
naked on the cross, seeing the brutal soldiers, worldly authorities and the angry crowds
showing their powers over Jesus, all powerful impression Jesus had created to his
disciples was eroded and left them with nothing to lean on. For three days after Jesus’
death on the cross, the disciples were fully dispossessed with all the trust and pride they
had in Him. As the news of His resurrection emerged on the third day after his death, the
disciples as well as the general public were shocked, confused as well as dismayed. When
other disciples told Thomas they had seen the Lord (as found in last week’s Gospel
reading) he simply stated, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my
finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Gently and
strategically, Jesus the Risen Lord of glory is spending forty days after his resurrection to
restore faith and trust among his disciples as He shows himself to them and walks them
through the Scriptures as we read in today’s Gospel Reading, “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.” In times of great distress, we join the
Psalmist to pray as it is in today’s Responsorial Psalm, “Lord, let your face shine on us.”
Yes! Amen! Fr. Severine.

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