HOMILY FOR EASTER SATURDAY
THEME: Let us Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SATURDAY APRIL 23 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
We heard today in our first reading of the reaction of the Sanhedrin upon listening to the words that Peter had spoken courageously before them, revealing the folly and error of their actions in having persecuted the Lord and His disciples. All these despite them being supposedly the most educated and best people among the community of the people of God, many of whom were knowledgeable of the Scriptures and the teachings of the prophets.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READINGS*
According to our gospel reading of today, the risen Lord showed himself to his closest companions, reproaching them for their refusal to believe what others had said to them. It took the Lord himself to move his disciples from unbelief to belief. Yet, the Lord kept faith with them; having appeared to them he sent them out as messengers of the good news of Easter. Their initial refusal to believe did not disqualify them from the mission Jesus intended for them.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE READINGS OF TODAY?*
We can find ourselves in a place where we seem incapable of hearing the good news that the Lord is risen, that life is stronger than death and love stronger than sin. Yet, the Lord never gives up on us. He continues to come towards us until our eyes are opened. He continues to believe in us, even when we do not believe in him. Even though the Lord may initially have met with resistance, he continues to hold out to us the privilege of proclaiming by our words and our lives the good news of Easter.
May all of us be the beacons of the Light of our Risen Lord and Saviour, and may He strengthen us all to walk ever more dedicatedly in His presence, now and always. Amen.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA