Thursday of the Octave of Easter

Luke 24:35-48

The Appearance to the Disciples in Jerusalem


2016 WORD Today (3/31/16)

Acts 3:11-26; Lk 24:35-48

“You are witnesses of these things.”

In today’s gospel, the Risen Christ emphasizes three things:

  1. The Resurrection was real. He showed the disciples His wounds, he made them touch him and He ate solid food. This was to fix in their minds and ours that He is not a ghostly memory but a living presence among us.
  2. His crucifixion/death/resurrection was necessary for our salvation
  3. Repentance is a requirement to avail of the forgiveness and salvation that He has won for mankind. Thus in the first reading, St. Peter is teaching exactly the three things mandated by Christ, testifying that “To this we are witnesses.”

His successor, St. Pope John Paul II said: “We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” (Fr. Francisco Bajos, 2016.03.31)


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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