It is 14th April 2020. The readings are from Acts 2:36-41; and the Gospel from John 20:11-18. Well intended preaching and teaching affects and bring out the desired change in the one who hears and learns. It is not forcing and provoking someone to believe what we want them to believe rather to provide them an opportunity to access their actions. Listening needs to lead us to learning something we were believing earlier and leaving the old ways to embrace new. It is not an emotional moving rather spiritual renewal. The impact and effect of the sermon of Peter was seen in the first reading. “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts.2:37). It’s our turn to renew our response to Jesus by bringing others closer to the Risen Lord. We all have the same responsibility like that of St. Peter to share the message of love, hope and healing of the Risen Lord to all people around facing this pandemic. May we make efforts to bring all those who feel far from God and forgotten or undernourished by our communities and countries. Even though the countries pledged so much towards alleviating and compacting against the pandemic not much towards the poor done yet. The most recent research suggests, “Women are at more risk than men, as they are more likely to work in the informal economy with little or no employment rights. “Living day to day, the poorest people do not have the ability to take time off work, or to stockpile provisions,” the report warned, adding that more than 2 billion informal sector workers worldwide had no access to sick pay.” Let not our preaching remain in words and in the corridors of our churches rather each one of us who are feeling the pain right within need to act. We need to make someone feel that the Risen Lord is there around to care as we believe Him and represent Him in this most difficult time for us all especially for the poor, the children, the elderly and the sick. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” (Ps. 33:5). The Gospel presents us with the encounter of the Risen Lord to Mary Magdalen. The Risen Lord encouraged her to reach out and share the Good News that He is alive and wants to meet them. Jesus will not be interested to cling on to Him. “Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord;” and she told them that he had said these things to her.” (Jn.20:18). We who are spiritually resurrected need to announce our experience with the Risen Lord by bringing them closer to Jesus who want to meet the others too. What are we going to do in our families, farms and communities as we are staying home? It is time to innovate reaching out the suffering Christ in the humanity. May the Risen Lord bless you and give you good health.

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