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Homily (Reflection) for Easter Thursday (Octave of Easter: Thursday) (20th April, 2017) on the Gospel

Acts 3:11-26;
Ps 8:2.5-9. (R. v.2);
Lk 24:35-48.

Topic: Need to go back.
Today’s gospel begins from the last verse of yesterday’s gospel (Jn 24:35). And while the eleven and their companions were talking about what were happening Jesus stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” To reassure them that they were not seeing a ghost, Jesus went further,
Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.
He went on and showed them His hands and feet, yet in their joy they were disbelieving and wondering. Jesus also ate a piece of boiled fish in their presence.
Between Easter vigil and today, the apostles and their companions had seen among other things the empty tomb, the angels, His appearances, His hands and feet, and eating before them, yet their faith was still shaky. Jesus then took them back to the scriptures to understand all that happened. He opened their minds to understand the scriptures and also commissioned them as witness.
Their faith could not be firm on miracles alone. Jesus taught them what is in the scriptures. There is serious need for all to go back to the scriptures to know the will of God. We conclude with these words from the scripture and the teaching of Saint Ambrose, “The Church ‘forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful... to learn ‘the surpassing knowledge of Christ’, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. ‘Ignorance of the Scriptures is the ignorance of Christ.[1]’” All the questions that beg for answers today have all been answered by God in His Word (bible). What we need is to open and see.
Bible Reading: Phil 3:7-10; 2Tim 3:10-17.
Thought for today: Jesus is truly risen.
Let us pray: Lord, give me a heart that always believes in you and not eyes that always seek for miracles – Amen.

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[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), n. 133.

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