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<< Sunday, April 13, 1997 >> 3rd Sunday of Easter
 
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Psalm 4

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1 John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-48

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EASTER CONFESSION

 
"My little ones, I am writing this to keep you from sin. But if anyone should sin, we have, in the presence of the Father, Jesus Christ." —1 John 2:1
 

The only obstacle that can prevent us from meeting the risen Christ is sin. The apostles thought Jesus was a ghost and not a real person. This was not because they couldn't touch or see Him, but because they had been de-sensitized and blinded by sin (Lk 24:37). Therefore, when the risen Christ first came to His apostles, He delegated to them the power to forgive sins in His name (Jn 20:23).

To be witnesses for the risen Christ, we must reform our lives and turn to God so that our "sins may be wiped away!" (Acts 3:19) Then we should preach to all the nations repentance and forgiveness of sins (Lk 24:47), for Jesus "is an Offering for our sins, and not for our sins only, but for those of the whole world" (1 Jn 2:2).

"The wages of sin is death" (Rm 6:23). When we repent of sin, we come to life. When we repent of sin, we come to Jesus, "the Resurrection and the Life" (Jn 11:25), "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6). Go to Confession. Roll away the stone of sin. "Choose life" (Dt 30:19). Come to life. This Easter season and Easter day, meet the risen Christ, Life Itself.

 
Prayer: Father, reveal to me how the sacraments of Baptism (Rm 6:3-4), Eucharist (Lk 24:30-31, 35), and Reconciliation (Jn 20:23) fit into Your Easter plans.
Promise: "Then He opened their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures." —Lk 24:45
Praise: Alleluia! "This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it" (Ps 118:24). Alleluia forever!
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 9, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 15, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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