Thursday, March 31, 2016

Of the octave of Easter, Thursday

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

Acts 3:11-26
 Psalm 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9
 Luke 24:35-48

The readings for the Masses after Easter are so exhilarating! 

 It's as though Jesus is standing at the open door of our personal prisons and reassuring us that we are free! As He dealt with the ignorance of His apostles and followers, so does He deal with ours. We are slow to believe that He has freed us from our sins and restored us to the friendship of God. That's what He did for us!

 Jesus has fulfilled the Scriptures to the letter. Now it is up to us as individual branches on The Vine, to fulfill the Scriptures in our own lives. It will not be as dramatic an event as for Jesus, but rather our slow, day-by-day grind of sorrows and joys, frustrations and accomplishments, prayer, sweat, tears and dreams. God's Providence is the large picture. Our piecemeal struggles with their mixture of wise choices and impulsive follies, are all the stuff out of which God brings about our salvation. But, the end is assured. 

 Remember, that we are Easter People, and "Alleluia!" completes our every thought, word and deed!

 Father Ed Bakker 

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