It is 30th April 2017. We celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter. The readings are from Acts 2:14, 22-33; and the second reading is from 1Peter 1:17-21; and the Gospel from Luke 24:13-35. In the first reading, St. Peter preaches the people and convincing them that Jesus is risen from the dead by the power of God. The apostle assures through personal experience with Him that Jesus is living among them as the Risen Lord and even death could not hold him at all. Pointing out to the people how glad he was to encounter the risen Lord, Peter quoted the words of king David in Psalm 16, and proclaiming that “This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.” (Acts.2:32). He invites us all to be the witnesses to the reality of resurrection of Jesus as the sojourner of the Lord. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Lord, you will show us the path of life.” (Ps.16:11). In the second reading, St. Peter reminded us all that we are redeemed not by any material means but by the onetime sacrifice of “the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb.” (I Pet.1:19). It is through Jesus, we have the everlasting hope, and faith in a world of hopelessness and indifference. Our love towards Jesus is to be witnessed through our personal sacrifices and willingness to suffer for the good of the other. Our journey towards God cannot be futile without the strenuous efforts to accompany others in their difficult moments of their lives. Our acquaintances with the risen Lord Jesus must have our destination in God through our faith and hope. The Gospel presents us with the encounter of Jesus with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Just like these disciples who have given up on Jesus, we too may experience the hopeless moments in our lives. Jesus reveals himself in the explanation of the Word of God and in the eucharistic fellowship. The presence of the Risen Lord even though so intimately proximate, we can only experience through the meal and the message of Christ. Jesus, the Risen Lord wants to accompany us all in this journey towards God and God’s abode. We are not alone and He is with us through the Message and the Meal. Unless we become the living witnesses, we cannot invite Him to stay with us. Jesus deserves our invitation to be with us no matter how sinful, selfish, separated from Him. Let us keep the Way of Jesus in all our journeys of our lives. Let us create a space for the Risen Lord to stay with us. May you feel the presence of Jesus in your lives whatever the journey you are in.

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