Reflection: Third Sunday of Easter

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Acts.3:13-15,17-19; Ps.4; 2nd Reading – 1Jn.2:1-5; Gospel – Lk.24:35-48]

“EVERYTHING FULFILLED”

“… everything … has to be fulfilled”. These are the same last words expressed by Jesus on the Cross.  He said that everything was fulfilled, even though the Resurrection was still to take place.  Through the Gospel today we can understand what Jesus meant by that phrase.

Jesus himself explained and told his disciples what he meant. All that was written about him in the Old Testament took place in the New Testament. All the promises of God – that He will be with his people always… All that was said about the suffering servant – that he will be elevated by God because he surrendered himself into the hands of God… All this, has found its fulfilment in Jesus.

Saying so does not mean that this fulfilment is therefore finished and has to stop!  On the contrary, Jesus is saying in today’s Gospel that what he started has to be continued, and not only through the “breaking of the bread” where we can recognise him for what he really is – our Saviour.  It is also continued especially, through preaching repentance and forgiveness of sins through his name. No one can repeat what Jesus has done once and for all. But through Jesus’ command every person who repents and asks for the forgiveness of his sins repeats Jesus’ Death and Resurrection in his own life.  Furthermore, this same person becomes a living witness of the salvation brought about by Jesus.

There is a very subtle link between Jesus’ “Death and Resurrection” and our “Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins”.  In Jesus there is no Death without Resurrection and there could be no Resurrection without Death.  In us, there is no Repentance without the Forgiveness of Sins and no Forgiveness of Sins without Repentance.

Thus, through our repentance and the forgiveness of sins, we become witnesses of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. That was true when it happened in time (They saw Jesus who was dead and came back to life!).  It is still true now that we die for our sins and come back to life through His Forgiveness (because He is alive and therefore can and does forgive our sins!).  As it happened to Him to receive his life back again, so it will happen to us to receive our life back again, not only now in this life (as sinners, but forgiven through repentance), but also when we are called to see His face (when we will be with him in the glory of God!).

In this way we can express our “it is fulfilled” not only at the end of our earthly life… but along the way when we experience our own repentance and His forgiveness of our sins!

Lord, we often pray and ask You to forgive us our sins, but quite often we do not have any repentance because we are afraid to change our life. Give us the courage to accept the peace that you wish to give us, through which we can repent from our sins – learn to die with you – to receive your forgiveness – and return back to life! Thank you Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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