3rd Sunday of Easter

Published on May 1st, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

On this 3rd Sunday of Easter, we continue our journey with the Acts of the Apostles hearing first hand just how the disciples picked up the pieces of their individual lives following the death of Jesus, coming together collectively as one, to walk strong in the faith of the Risen Jesus. . We see St. Peter being molded into the “rock” that Jesus called him forth to be.  Were Peter had previously been timid and unsure in his faith, know he possessed the courage to stand forward in the middle of personal danger to speak of the power of the Name of Jesus.  With utter and infinite faith he announces to the people that “the author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead.”  A profound accusatory announcement wrapped in the divine mercy of God! 

Our Gospel of St. Luke recounts the disciples on the road to Emmaus returning to Jerusalem after encountering Jesus. How at the lowest moment of their lives Jesus gave them courage and understanding as He explained the scriptures to tell of their experience of the Risen Jesus and how He joined them on their lowest moment of their faith journey; how their hearts were burning with excitement as He spoke to them (“opened the scriptures for them”) and how they came to again know Him in the “breaking of the bread.”  Their excitement was infectious as the other disciples told of their experiences of this Risen Lord.

Many times in our lives we find ourselves in situations where there seems to be no reasonable way out; we face what seem to be insurmountable odds. We find our faith wavering; doubts of anxiety causing us to be paralyzed in fear, yet we are not crushed!  This period of Easter is a time to once again listen carefully to the experiences of the early church, to be strengthened in our faith, to gain courage in the promises of God that comes to us through the Risen Jesus. We are called to be reminded of God’s hope filled plans for each of us during our lifetimes. The Risen Lord tells us that we should never be afraid; when we are in distress, the words of the Psalmist “let the light of your countenance shine upon us” should enable us to walk through any darkness into the wonderful light of the Savior.

Because the Lord was raised, we are a people of eternal life, a resurrected people following in the footsteps of the Savior. Let us always stand tall as we, with the ancestors of old, proclaim the glorious mystery of the inability of anyone to keep the author of life in the grave.