The Third Sunday of Easter

We come together this Sunday to celebrate and to proclaim the risen Lord, who is our advocate with the Father. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter proclaims that in Jesus' name repentance for the forgiveness of sins is preached to all. Peter therefore underlines the message of forgiveness. He urges the people to repent of their sins and turn to God. In the second reading, John continues the same theme of repentance. Our faith in the risen Lord implies living in fidelity to his commandments. The clearest manifestation of faith in the resurrection is found in those moments when we move from alienation to conversion and assume the mission and purpose of Jesus Christ.


The Gospel account is about the appearance to the whole assmbly of apostles and disciples.  It is on the first day of the week in the evening.  The two disciples who had gone to Emmausare just back exited to tell their encounter with the Risen Lord.  While they share this story, Jesus suddenly appears and invites them to touch him and see for themselves that he is really himself.  That is why Jesus shows them his hands and his side so they can see their own eyes.  Finally, the disciples are convinced that is is really the same Jesus, the crucified one who is now alive.  The light of the resurrection enlightens the scriptures for the disciples, as Jesus explains the things he had told them about himself.


The message we take home this Sunday is threefold. 1) At this celebration, we too like the disciples meet the Risen Lord who speaks to us and enlightens us to understand the scriptures; 2) We too must let ourselves be touched by our faith in the resurrection and be led to live a new life in Christ; 3) Like he apostles, we too are so overjoyed and filled with the Spirit of the Risen Lord, that we cannot but give witness to what we have seen and heard.   


Msgr. John S. Mbinda