HOMILY FOR EASTER THURSDAY.
THEME: It is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.
BY: FR. DEOTATIOUS CHIKONTWE SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
In our first reading today, we heard the two Apostles Peter and John speaking to the people who witnessed the works of the Lord in healing the crippled beggar sitting by the Temple of Jerusalem’s Beautiful Gate. Peter spoke courageously and preached about the Risen Lord Jesus, in Whose Name he has invoked healing and miracle to make the crippled man woke again. The two Apostles were fearless and courageous in proclaiming the truth that God has brought amidst His people, in showing His power and miracles before all the assembled people, telling them that everything had been done by the same Saviour that they had just condemned to death merely moments earlier.
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*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
According to the beginning of today’s gospel reading the disciples were together talking about all that had been happening since the women found the tomb of Jesus empty. The two disciples were telling their story of what had happened to them while they were walking to Emmaus. Others were sharing how the Lord had appeared to Simon Peter. It was while they were together that suddenly the risen Lord appeared among them. They didn’t have to go looking for him, no more than the two disciples on the road to Emmaus or Simon Peter had to go looking for him. No, the risen Lord looked for them; he came to them; she stood among them, with his greeting ‘Peace be with you’.
That is how the risen Lord relates to us all.
Dear friends in Christ, we don’t have to go looking for Jesus. He comes to us. He might come to us while we are walking along, like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus; he might come to us while we are grieving, as he came to Mary Magdalene. He might come to us while we are talking with and listening to other disciples, other people of faith, as in today’s gospel reading. The risen Lord is always coming to stand among us, wherever we are, whether we are in church or at home, or out walking. He comes to stand among us whatever our frame of mind or heart, whether we are sad or excited or puzzled. The initiative is always with the Lord, rather than with us. All we can do is to respond to his initiative towards us. He comes; we respond. Our response can evolve over time. In today’s gospel reading, the initial response of the disciples to the Lord’s coming was one of alarm and fright; that response gave way to joy, and then to loving service as they offered the Lord some food. Our response to the risen Lord’s coming to us and standing among us is never a full response, at least not in this earthly life.There is always another step we can take in response to the Lord’s coming, and the Lord will help us to keep taking that step.
The Lord Be With You!
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