It is 21st April 2017. We celebrate the memorial of St. Anselm, the Bishop and the Doctor of the Church. The readings are from Acts 4:1-12; and the Gospel from John 21:1-14. The readings suggest that we all desperately need the presence and the guidance of the Risen Lord to deal with our spiritual numbness. We, most of us have become burnt-out in our spiritual endeavor through routine and habitual way of doing things and believing. When a serious of painful and disappointing events roll out day after day, we feel numb right within and failing to get a grasp of the divine power that surges in every tiny event that sparkles our being. To embrace the paths of salvation, we not only familiarize the Words of the Lord but customize our minds with the person of the Risen Lord. The salvation requires the affirmation of the heart as well the volcanic analysis of the reason. Jesus, the Risen Lord is not a utopian ideology, or magically theological justification or not a spiritual outfit but rather He is the divine person we all need for our personal and communal salvation. The first reading asserts through St. Peter, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.” This is the most courageous faith statement pronounced in public by an Apostle who denied Jesus three times. Holy Spirit is the one who offers such courage to proclaim. Yes, we will be taken into task by those who are in the helm of affairs for preaching and proclaiming the power of the Risen Lord, we must not stop sharing the truth that the Risen Lord lives in us and around us. The responsorial Psalm prays, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.” (Ps.117:22). The Gospel offers another encounter of the Risen Lord Jesus to his disciples. It is easy to go back to our routine and habitual work forgetting the power of the Risen Lord. But Jesus wants to establish the communion we have damaged by our past sins and wants to heal our guilt and shame that causes the enormous spiritual pain and suffering. Jesus, the Risen Lord still standing like a hungry stranger at the doors of our lives when we have decided to go back to our comfortable and materially rewarding circumstances. Are we willing to include the person of Jesus, the Risen Lord in our breakfast time? Even though we may not ask His identity yet we can surely feel His divinity. May the Lord bless you to have a day with the Risen Lord.

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