April 16, 2020 – Thursday of Easter Octave

“Growing in love of the Mystery of the Risen Lord and seeking to live it, more fully and more meaningfully in our lives!”

(Based on Acts 3:11-26 and Lk 24:35-48)

It is said that an encounter with a mystery can cause one of the two reactions

  1. An intense fear leading to veneration and devotion
  2. A nauseating aversion leading to hatred and abhorrence.

The encounter with a mystery is always something overwhelming:

It causes either a transformation for the good or a change to run away from the truth.

Mysteries are indeed compelling and can be life-transforming!

The Gospel of the Day presents this powerful dimension of the Apostles encountering the Mystery of the Resurrection, in the person of Jesus Christ, the Lord, risen from the dead!

The Resurrection Day of the Lord was perhaps the most baffling, confusing and puzzling day in the lives of the Apostles

Just a few days back, they had witnessed the horrifying and painful death of their Beloved Master.

In their weakness and fear of life, they had abandoned their Master.

Yet, heart of heart, these disciples would have been tremendously affected, at the loss of the One who had brought new hopes and expectations to their lives.

But now, the strange and surprising reports of the tomb being empty and the Lord appearing to two on the way to Emmaus have confused the poor disciples.

It’s in this state of fear and confusion that Jesus comes in their midst and appears to them. “But they were startled and terrified and supposed that they saw a spirit” (Lk 24: 37)

The disciples were face to face with a Mystery – the mystery of Jesus Christ, Resurrected.

Every mystery can cause two reactions
… an intense fear leading to veneration and devotion
… or a nauseating aversion leading to hatred and abhorrence.

The disciples were initially filled with a lot of fear and were startled deeply.

But as they slowly were in the presence of the Great Mystery, their hearts began to be filled with joy and holiness

We are also witnesses to the Great Mystery of the Resurrection

What is our reaction?

Are we filled with fear, and fail to live a life of true witnessing?
… Or are we filled with the calm and serenity that the Risen Lord promises?

There is a need to make an honest examination of our lives

The Mystery of the Risen Lord is about joy and happiness
Do I radiate this joy to others…
… or do others come across angry faces, irritated behaviour and unpleasant conduct in me?

The Mystery of the Risen Lord is about trust and confidence
Do I display this faith and belief…
… especially when we face many problems and crisis in life, to stand firm in hope?

The Mystery of the Risen Lord is about the call to a new way of life
Am I courageous to embrace this new way of life in the Risen Lord…
… and be willing to do away with my sinful habits and tendencies to fall away from God’s presence?

In the book of the Act of the Apostles, St Peter displays tremendous courage and conviction in witnessing to the Mystery of the Lord’s Resurrection.

Acknowledging the mighty work of the Risen Lord, Peter boldly declares Jesus as the Lord and Messiah and invites people to experience life and healing in Him:
“You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant[b] Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate though he had decided to release him.
But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead.
To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you!” (Acts 3:12-16)

The Risen Lord is in our midst, as He was with the Apostles…
… Especially in His Most Holy Eucharist
… Especially in His Holy Word of God.

Let us not be afraid of this Mystery…

Let us not have an aversion towards it…
… rather, let us grow in love of the Mystery of the Risen Lord and seek to live it, more fully and more meaningfully in our lives.

Happy Easter to all of you!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “We must fear God out of love…

… not love Him out of fear!”

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