Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday in the octave of Easter

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ , 

Qin'ài de fùqin, péngyoumen zài jidu li

Acts 4:13-21
 Psalm 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21
 Mark 16:9-15

This is the day the LORD has made; 
 let us be glad and rejoice in it! 

(Psalm 118:24)

Those first days after the Resurrection were almost unbelievable for Jesus' followers, as we see in today's gospel. In the heady days that followed, which are related in the Acts of the Apostles, the Lord worked miracles through His apostles by the power of the Holy Spirit. His followers burned with zeal, and the good news exploded throughout the ancient world. Their message that Jesus was God, who had died and risen to save them, was astounding. It was a reality that changed everything. That made each day an adventure. Each day held surprises and new graces!

 We can still say that today, as the Holy Spirit touches and fills us. Today we have another opportunity to believe in Jesus, and to spread His good news to everyone we meet. This day is like no other; this is the day the Lord has made! That is why we can "be glad and rejoice in it."

 If today you enjoy something, thank the Lord for it! If today you have a challenge or a trial, this is still the day He has made, so rejoice in it! And if today there is something that seems too much for you, ask for the Lord's help, and take it one day at a time. 

O Lord,
 No matter what, 
 this is the day that You have made!
 So I will be glad and rejoice in it!

 Father Ed Bakker 
 Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province 
 Bendigo - Australia 

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