Third Sunday of Easter

We continue the post-resurrection appearances of the Lord to the disciples, this Sunday Luke tries to describe how the Lord is somehow different and somehow the same.

As last week, the Risen Lord sends the disciples out as witnesses. We hear in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Luke’s companion volume to his Gospel) the basic message of Christianity as Peter addresses the people. Perhaps this week we might once again reflect on the way in which our lives witness to the presence of the Lord of Life.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

Peter said to the people: ‘It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses.(Acts 3:15)

  • Barabbas was released and Jesus condemned. What experience of injustice have you seen?
  • Reflect on the titles Prince of Life, the Holy One, the Just One.
  • How do you witness to the resurrection of Jesus?
  • What is the Lord saying to you now?

 

Monday.

‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say. Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. (Psalm 4:7)

  • What have you thought would have brought you happiness but didn’t?
  • Has something brought you happiness that surprised you?
  • How have you found happiness in the Lord?
  • Let the Lord shine the light of his face on you.

 

Tuesday. 

I am writing this my children, to stop you sinning; but if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away. (1 John 2:1-2)

  • Are there any particular sins that you find difficult to stop?
  • Consider the sacrifice of Jesus to take away your sins.
  • Consider the description of Jesus as your Advocate.
  • Allow the Father to speak of his desire to forgive you.

 

Wednesday.

Jesus himself stood among them an said to them ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? (Luke 24:36-38)

  • When have you experienced alarm and fright?
  • How does ‘seeing a ghost’ explain their confusion?
  • How do you see Jesus today?
  • Let the Lord breathe his peace on you.

 

Thursday.

Their joy was so great that they could not believe it, and they stood dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes. (Luke 41-43)

  • Have you ever been speechless with joy?
  • How do you deal with disbelief?
  • What does the Lord hunger for from you?
  • Listen to the Lord as he shares his love with you.

 

Friday

He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures and he said to them, ‘so you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. (Luke 24:45-46)

  • What helps you understand the scriptures?
  • How do you cope with suffering?
  • Pray for the gift of understanding the scriptures.
  • Listen as the Lord speaks his word of life to you.

 

Saturday

In his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this. (Luke 24: 47-48)

  • How do you feel about the need to repent?
  • Have you experienced the forgiveness of you sins?
  • Have you ever witnessed to that forgiveness to someone else?
  • Listen to the Lord as he speaks his word of forgiveness to you.
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