Home Mass Third Sunday of Easter 4-26-09

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      Reading 1 Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

      Reading II 1 Jn 2:1-5a

      Gospel Lk 24:35-48


      Intimate Dialogue (Mass)


      Jesus Christ is truly present at the Sacrifice of Mass, no matter where it takes place. Jesus performed miracles through bread, including at the Last Supper. He also shared bread with the disciples after His resurrection. This is clear evidence that He truly rose from the dead. No man had risen from the dead. Because He knew that people would not believe His resurrection, He appeared to the disciples in flesh before ascending into heaven so that they would become witnesses of God’s glory. Through repeated encounters with the resurrected Jesus, and through the help of the Holy Spirit later, the disciples surely became true witnesses, spreading the Good News.


      On the brink of death, the apostle Peter says with conviction that it is through the resurrection of Jesus who obeyed God that we are saved and our sins are wiped away. He also says that by believing in the name of Jesus, we are given all that we need. Although our ignorance put Jesus to death, it was not the end, but was transformed into forgiveness instead of punishment by His resurrection.  Jesus became our advocate with the Father for our sins. By shedding His own blood as a sacrificial lamb, He has become expiation for our sins, and not only for our sins but for those of the whole world. That is why we should keep His commandments and get strength from the Word and the Holy Communion.


      His presence in the bread and wine is the Sacrament of love for the salvation of mankind and the revelation of His kingdom. Mass is an intimate dialogue with God. Let’s pray that we get to meet our Lord in His body and blood during mass.

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