Posted by: frburke23 | April 23, 2014

Thought for Thursday of Easter Week

Luke 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”

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I am struck by Jesus’ first words to the disciples gathered together after the resurrection.  Imagine how they felt.  They had deserted Jesus during His hour of greatest need and now He was coming back to them.  Did they expect Jesus to yell at them for dispersing?  That is probably what they deserved for their lack of faith.

And yet Jesus’ first words are, “Peace be with you.”  He was not angry.  He didn’t accuse them, yell at them or berate them.  He offered peace.  Another way to say “peace” is “may all be well with you”.  He forgave them and offered them new life.

We often react like the apostles of Jesus.  We abandon Him when things get difficult.  We deny knowing Him in public.  We complain about our suffering.  And yet He loves us.  He forgives us.  We don’t deserve His mercy and love, but He gives it to us freely.

Take time today to reflect on this unmerited love and mercy Jesus offers us.

Do I truly appreciate the depth of God’s love for me?

Do I truly believe that He loves me unconditionally?

Jesus Christ is truly risen from the dead!  He forgives us our sins, thanks be to God!  And He offers us new life, in freedom and in truth.  Alleluia!

Have a wonderful day, rejoicing in Jesus’ risen presence!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation: 

LUCAS 24:35-48

Los discípulos de Jesús contaron lo que había pasado a lo largo del camino,
y cómo lo habían reconocido al partir pan.

Mientras ellos aún hablaban de esto,
él se puso en medio de ellos y les dijo:
“La paz este con ustedes.”
Pero ellos se sobresaltaron y se aterrorizaron
y pensaron que estaban viendo un espíritu.
Entonces él les dijo: “¿Por qué están turbados?
¿Y por qué surgen dudas en sus corazones?
Miren mis manos y mis pies, que yo mismo soy.
Tóquenme y vean, porque un espíritu no tiene carne y huesos
como pueden ver que lo tengo”.
Y al decir esto,
les mostró sus manos y sus pies.
Mientras estaban todavía incrédulos de alegría y estaban asombrados,
él les preguntó: “¿Tienen aquí algo de comer?”
Le dieron un pedazo de pescado horneado;
lo tomó, y comió delante de ellos.

Él les dijo:
“Estas son las palabras que les hablé, mientras estaba aún con ustedes:
que todo lo escrito acerca de mí en la ley de Moisés
y en los profetas y salmos debe cumplirse”.
Luego abrió sus mentes para que comprendieran las Escrituras.
Y él les dijo:
“Así está escrito que Cristo sufriría
y resucitaría de entre los muertos al tercer día
y que el arrepentimiento, para el perdón de los pecados,
seria predicado en su nombre
a todas las naciones, comenzando desde Jerusalén.
Y ustedes son testigos de estas cosas”.

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Me llama la atención las primeras palabras de Jesús a los discípulos reunidos juntos después de la resurrección. Imagina cómo se sintieron. Ellos habían abandonado a Jesús durante su hora de mayor necesidad y ahora El volvió a ellos. ¿Esperaban ellos que Jesús les gritara por dispersarse? Eso es probablemente lo que merecían por su falta de fe.

Y sin embargo, las primeras palabras de Jesús son: “La paz este con ustedes.” Él no estaba enojado. Él no los acusó, les grito o los regaño. El ofreció la paz. Otra forma de decir “paz” es “que todo esté bien con ustedes”. Él los perdonó y les ofreció una nueva vida.

Nosotros a menudo reaccionamos como los apóstoles de Jesús. Lo abandonamos cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles. Negamos conocerlo en público. Nos quejamos de nuestro sufrimiento. Y sin embargo, Él nos ama. Él nos perdona. No merecemos su misericordia y amor, pero Él nos lo da libremente.

Toma tiempo hoy para reflexionar sobre este amor y misericordia inmerecido que Jesús nos ofrece.

¿Realmente aprecio la profundidad del amor de Dios por mí?
¿Realmente creo que Él me ama incondicionalmente?

¡Jesucristo verdaderamente ha resucitado de entre los muertos! ¡Él perdona nuestros pecados, gracias a Dios! Y nos ofrece una nueva vida, en la libertad y en la verdad. ¡Aleluya!

¡Que tengan un maravilloso día, regocijándose en la presencia de Jesús resucitado!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. Padre siento en mi el Amor de Dios y me duelo mucho que no me alejó del pecado, es mi lucha diaria. Gracias

  2. Thanks Fr. Burke.

    For me today the very last paragraph stood out with me….I ponder much are we doing this today? Christ suffering….his deep love for us. Most are afraid to preach repent. To me that means you love that person so…so much you want them to make it to heaven….and are willing to suffer for them.

    “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
    and rise from the dead on the third day
    and that REPENTANCE, for the forgiveness of sins,
    WOULD BE PREACHED in his name
    to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

    He forgave them and offered them new life….

    Peace be with You,
    Rhonda


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