Today’s readings are all about amazement, repentance, terror and joy. The First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles is part of the famous Kerygmata Petrou (Greek for Preachings of Peter). After curing a crippled beggar outside the temple (before what we read today - Acts 3:1-12), Peter testifies to the power of God at work in their midst. His point is that neither he nor John cured the cripple, but God himself. He goes on to point out how they also were ignorant of the true identity of Jesus. They failed to recognize him, as they did not expect a Messiah who was going to suffer and die. Peter calls them to conversion now as precondition for their sins to be wiped away.
Luke’s Gospel follows the Emmaus story, after the two disciples had returned to
On Easter Sunday, Jesus did not return to his former life, he broke the bonds of death forever and won for all of us a pledge of eternal life. This is the good news (that is why we call these books Gospel) that we celebrate during the Easter season – news that is indeed amazing and fills us with joy.
The Second Reading from the first letter of John talks in a very realistic way about our honest desire not to sin, yet as humans, we sometimes fall short. The message is not to worry, for we have an Advocate who intercedes on our behalf. The early Church used today’s passage in initiation rituals, starting with confession of sinfulness prior to welcoming converts into the Christian community.
A complete text of the readings at http://scriptures-my-journey-oflife-andfaith.blogspot.com/2009/04/third-sunday-of-easter.html
With God’s Love and Blessings,
P.S. Prayer of Thanksgiving for my brother-in-law Andreas’ successful surgery!!! Please include him in your prayers for complete and speedy healing.
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