It is 11th April 2015. The readings are from Acts. 4:13-21 and the Gospel from Mk. 16:9-15. The first reading expounds the power of proclamation of the truth about the Risen Lord. “We cannot promise to stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard.” (Acts. 4:20). Changed life always propels us to speak about what we have witnessed so far in Jesus. We need to acknowledge Christ before people. We read, “Whoever acknowledges me before people, I will also acknowledge them before my Father in heaven. (Mt10:32). The responsorial psalm acknowledges God, “I will thank you, Lord, for you have given answer” (Ps.117:21). The Gospel brings out the attitude of the apostles on the resurrection of Jesus and Giving of the Great Commission by the Lord to the apostles. “Jesus appears to the Eleven as they were eating; He rebuked them for their lack of faith, and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” (Mark 16:14). The apostles did not believe Mary of Magdala, and the disciples who met the Risen Lord on the way to Emmaus. Jesus reprimands their disbelief, doubt and stubbornness and He instructed them to “Go out to the whole world, proclaim the Good News to all creation.” (Mark 16:15). Our faith in the Risen Christ must not just stop at the doors of our hearts rather it needs to reach the doors of the others who have not heard about the Risen Lord. Are we also having a stubborn refusal to believe the Risen Lord? When was the last time, you shared your belief in the Risen Lord to someone? Our struggle to accept the resurrection of Jesus will only end when we are willing to embark on the Mission of Jesus. May the Lord bless you.

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