Posted by: frburke23 | April 21, 2014

Thought for Tuesday of Easter Week

Acts Of the apostles 2:36-41

On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.

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During this octave of Easter, we celebrate each day as if it were Easter Sunday because the resurrection of Jesus is the pivotal event that changed all of human history.  And during this time we read from the Acts of the Apostles because it is the story of the early Church.  It is good for us to be reminded what the early Church was like.  Are we still doing the things they did?  Are we following their example?

Imagine what it was like for these people to hear the words from Peter.  This Jesus, whom many consented to His crucifixion and death, has risen from the dead and is “Lord and Christ”.  The people were shocked.  How could this be?  And if it is true, what can we do now?  You can imagine all of the questions racing through their minds.  “What are we to do, my brothers?”

Peter’s response is critical because this is the mission of the Church.

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Before Jesus ascended into heaven He gave them the Great Commision, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  (Matthew 28:19)

About 3,000 people were baptized that day!  What a scene that must have been!  Imagine the zeal of the apostles and the excitement of the people joining the Church.

Do we have the same zeal to save souls today as the apostles had?

Do I realize the importance of my baptism?  I have become a son/daughter of God and He has called me to live for Him.

Have I been caught up in this “corrupt generation” or am I trying to live a life completely for God?

We are called to be “in the world” but not “of the world”.  May my life be a witness to the world of the saving power of Jesus.  May I live out my baptism in a way that draws others to Jesus.  And may the Holy Spirit that lives in me inspire me to works of charity and self-sacrifice.

Happy Easter!

Fr. Burke

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Here is the Spanish translation:

Hechos de los Apóstoles 2:36-41

En el día de Pentecostés, Pedro dijo a los judíos,
“Deja que toda la casa de Israel sepa con certeza
que Dios lo ha hecho Señor y Cristo,
este Jesús a quien ustedes han crucificado”.

Al oír esto, fueron compungidos de corazón,
y preguntaron a Pedro y a los otros apóstoles,
“¿Qué hemos de hacer, hermanos?”
Pedro les dijo:
“Arrepiéntanse y bautícense cada uno de ustedes,
en el nombre de Jesucristo, para el perdón de sus pecados;
y recibirán el don del Espíritu Santo.
Porque se hizo la promesa a ustedes y a sus hijos
y para todos aquellos lejanos,
quien el Señor nuestro Dios llame”.
El testificó con muchos otros argumentos, y los estaba exhortando,
“Sálvense de esta generación perversa.”
Aquellos que aceptaron su palabra fueron bautizados;
y cerca de tres mil personas se añadieron ese día.

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Durante esta octava de Pascua, celebramos cada día como si fuera Domingo de Pascua, porque la resurrección de Jesús es el evento fundamental que cambió toda la historia humana. Y durante este tiempo, leemos los Hechos de los Apóstoles porque que es la historia de la Iglesia primitiva. Es bueno para nosotros que se nos recuerde como era la Iglesia primitiva. ¿Seguimos haciendo las cosas que ellos hicieron?¿Estamos siguiendo su ejemplo?

Imagina lo que era para estas personas escuchar las palabras de Pedro. Este Jesús, a quien muchos consintieron en su crucifixión y muerte, ha resucitado de entre los muertos y es “Señor y Cristo”. Las personas se sorprendieron. ¿Cómo puede ser esto? Y si es cierto, ¿qué podemos hacer ahora? Puedes imaginar todas las preguntas correr a través de sus mentes. “¿Qué hemos de hacer, hermanos?”

La respuesta de Pedro es crítica porque esta es la misión de la Iglesia.

“Arrepiéntanse y bautícense cada uno de ustedes, en el nombre de Jesucristo, para el perdón de sus pecados; y recibirán el don del Espíritu Santo.”

Antes de que Jesús ascendiera al cielo Él les dio la gran Comisión, “Vayan, pues, y hagan discípulos de todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.” (Mateo 28:19)

¡Cerca de 3,000 personas fueron bautizadas ese día! ¡Qué escena eso debió haber sido! Imagina el celo de los apóstoles y la emoción de las personas uniéndose a la Iglesia.

¿Tenemos el mismo celo para salvar almas hoy en día como los apóstoles lo tenían?
¿Me doy cuenta de la importancia de mi bautismo? Me he convertido en un hijo / hija de Dios y Él me ha llamado a vivir para El.
¿He estado atrapado en esta “generación perversa” o estoy tratando de vivir una vida completamente para Dios?

Estamos llamados a estar “en el mundo”, pero no “del mundo”. Que mi vida sea un testimonio para el mundo del poder salvador de Jesús. Que viva mi bautismo en una forma que atrae a otros a Jesús. Y que el Espíritu Santo que vive en mí me inspire a las obras de caridad y abnegación.

¡Felices Pascuas!

Fr. Burke

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Responses

  1. Thank u so much Padre. i have grown spiritually with the help or your WONDERFUL AND TOUCHING HOMILIES. i appreciate.Thank you.

  2. Thank you Fr. for being so inspirational this lenten season. My husband and I also felt soo blessed after your 3day mission at our church in Minooka and foillowed what you said about 15 min. a day of reading. That really worked so well for us as we sat and discussed when we got done reading. We never did that before and it made us feel so close (even after 55 yrs of marriage) And, Yes that was us at the resturant the other night after visiting the churches in Joliet. Thank You, and bless you, Judy

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