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3 Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It is the next meeting of the disciples with the Resurrected Lord. As usual, this meeting is confirmed by Jesus himself who shows them his glorious wounds. Jesus patiently explains to his disciples what will happen to Him according to the prophets, especially regarding the paschal events: His martyrdom and death which brings to the people salvation; that means freedom from sins. The resurrection become the key to understand this salvation and to begin the mission of the apostles in order to call everyone to repentance: “Thus 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”. Beforehand, he enlightened their minds, to make them understand all what the prophets told about him in order to make them firm in faith and ready to the divine work in the world, the mission they have been called for. They were witnesses of everything Jesus has done before and after the resurrection. The testimony of their lives following the teaching of Jesus is the most important factor of their mission because it shows the living truth they proclaim. Since then on the salvation is at hand to everyone who believes in Jesus’ power and follows in his footsteps, as was the case of the apostles. We know from history, almost all the apostles gave their lives for Jesus’ mission. Usually one can give their life for the truth and never for made-up stories, nor for legend. This is also valid for us: “The way we may be sure that we know Jesus, St John teaches us today, is to keep his commandments. Those who say, ‘I know him’, but do not keep his commandments are liars, and the truth is not in them. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him”. According to Peter, the way to put into action this love starts with penance and conversion. We read in today catechesis: “Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did, but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away”. After that we can go perfected in the love of God.