It is 24th April 2019. The readings are from Acts 3:1-10; and the Gospel from Luke 24:13-35. Without faith and trust we cannot have the Risen Lord residing in our hearts. Nothing can satisfy human soul except faith in Jesus. We all need to have Jesus if we boast that we believe in Him. Material things and riches cannot satisfy us and we cannot make others to believe with those things except the Lord. Do we have Jesus to give it around those who are in need of healing and restoration of their lives? The world initially looks for wealth and riches. When we the believers in Jesus are able to give the world Jesus and the power of love and healing and blessings to the world, the people around us surely be satisfied with the experience of presence of the Risen Lord. The hunger and the sickness in our souls can only be filled by Jesus alone. Few coins cannot heal and make us whole. In the first reading, St. Peter was bold enough to say that he had no material possession to share with the beggar except the person of Jesus, the Risen Lord. Leading people to Jesus can only be possible for the one who has the intimacy and a personal encounter with a unique experience. “Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” (Acts 3:6). The responsorial Psalm praises, “Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.” (Ps.104:3). We are truly healed by the Risen Lord however crippled we are in life. Encountering Jesus can happen to us when we can recognise Him in the Breaking of the Bread and the Word. Every Holy Mass is the Emmaus experience that must heal our blindness and crippledness. We are taught in the Catechism CCC 645: “By means of touch and the sharing of a meal, the risen Jesus establishes direct contact with his disciples. He invites them in this way to recognize that he is not a ghost and above all to verify that the risen body in which he appears to them is the same body that had been tortured and crucified, for it still bears the traces of his Passion. Yet at the same time this authentic, real body possesses the new properties of a glorious body: not limited by space and time but able to be present how and when he wills; for Christ’s humanity can no longer be confined to earth, and belongs henceforth only to the Father’s divine realm. For this reason, too the risen Jesus enjoys the sovereign freedom of appearing as he wishes: in the guise of a gardener or in other forms familiar to his disciples, precisely to awaken their faith.” Jesus appears at the altar during the Most Holy Eucharistic celebration. Unless we are purified by the Word of God, we cannot encounter the Lord. We all need to have faith like Peter and other disciples to share our personal experience and encounter with the Risen Lord proclaiming through our charitable works to the humanity in need. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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