1st reading: Acts.3:13-15.17-19: You killed the prince of life: God, however, raised him from the dead.
Resp. Psalm: Ps 4:2,4,7,9: Lift up the light your face on us, O Lord!
2nd reading: 1John 2:1-5: Jesus Christ is the sacrifice that takes our sins away and the world’s.
Gospel : Luke 24:35-48: This is destined that Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.
For the first three Sundays after Easter, our readings in Acts circles around the story of the (crippled from birth) beggar healed at the Beautiful Gate. Each reading refers back to this miraculous healing story, but never includes it. It is a story full of amazement, astonishment, and wonder. And yet, amazing as it is, the healing is not what is important here. The healing is simply a prompt to get our full attention; a signpost to the real sign. The real point of the story is Peter’s sermon. Just like the first sermon Peter preached on Pentecost, the purpose of this second sermon is to point people to JESUS. These are people who have been amazed and astonished (2:7) by the events at Pentecost; they were “perplexed” (2:12).
The people gathered there in the Temple may have been squirming (a feeling of nervousness or discomfort) a little to hear Peter’s words. And we should be squirming, too. Because we are just as guilty as the crowds who cried out “Crucify him!” We are just as responsible for betraying Jesus, for having him killed and choosing a murderer like Barabbas to go free. We are just as responsible for Christ’s suffering as those first century Jews who gathered around Peter in the Temple courtyard. We are just as responsible as Pontus Pilate who was suppose to set Jesus free but washed his hands off and yet the truth and innocent one was exchanged for a criminal, We are just as responsible as the bystanders who saw the sorrows of the Mary and took no pity on her.
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Peter knows exactly how we feel. He denied even knowing Jesus three times. If anyone can feel our guilt, Peter can. “We are witnesses to all of this,” he says. We know exactly who to blame. We have all crucified Christ When we remain silent while injustice happens right under our noses; when we resort to violence; when we don’t love ourselves, our neighbor, or our enemy, we persecute Jesus again like the chief priest and elders, we participate in crucifying Christ.
In today’s gospel, when Jesus appeared to the disciples…they thought they had seen a ghost shows also how hard it was for the disciples to believe that he will rise from the grave. No wonder they were frightened. Are you frightened? Are you scared of the echoes of the past, somehow trapped in the present? Life in all its fullness stood before them in the upper room. The tragedy had been called and Resurrection had entered the upper room. Fear and alarm gave way to joy and hope. Let us return to the Lord for Christ is the one who takes away our sins. 1 John 2:1-5. Let us come to him in our uncertainties and doubt so that he will restore his peace and mercy upon us. Amen.
Fr. Joseph Osho, OSJ.