Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 22, 2012

Melanie Stara

Sophomore, Elementary Education Major

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Ps 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9
1 Jn 2:1-5a
Lk 24:35-48

"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things." -Luke 24: 46-47

In today’s Gospel, we see the whole of our faith summed up in one passage. Jesus had already revealed his risen self to his Apostles in the breaking of the bread, which is something that continues even until today. Every time we go to Mass, heaven and earth meet, and Jesus becomes truly present to us in the breaking of the bread, just as he did for his Apostles 2000 years ago. In today’s Gospel, when Jesus comes in his glorified body to where the Apostles are gathered, they think he is a ghost. However, after they realize that this truly is Jesus, they are “incredulous with joy.” Incredulous. Why is it that, so often, we are not incredulous with joy every time we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist?

Then, Jesus sums up his main message in verses 46 and 47, which is that he had to die and rise from the dead so that we are able to live in heaven with him forever. Without the Resurrection, our faith is invalid. Without the Resurrection, Jesus was simply someone, perhaps a great prophet, who preached very well and worked miracles, but then just died. He was simply a man who had 12 followers who were also martyred for a lie. The Resurrection is the pinnacle of our faith, where we see why Jesus was born and why he died: to bring life. Let us pray today that we can see the risen Jesus in everyone we encounter and everything we see, so that we can truly preach his name to all nations, just as the Apostles did. Let us pray that we may become incredulous with joy every time we receive the Eucharist.

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