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Easter Week

Acts 3:11-26
Psalm 8:2, 5-9
Luke 24:35-48

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i'll pass

"Everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and psalms had to be fulfilled." —Luke 24:44

Wouldn't it have been a wonderful thing to have walked with Jesus and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus? We would have heard every Scripture in the Old Testament that prophesied Jesus' Passion, death, and resurrection.

Well, the Church has just read to us in the daily liturgies of Lent many of those same Old Testament Scriptures that Jesus opened up for the disciples (Lk 24:27). The disciples passed those Scriptures on to many others; these Scriptures have since been passed on by the Church, all the way down to us.

During Easter, we focus on celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. The Lord Himself, however, testifies: "If [you will] not listen to Moses and the prophets, [you] will not be convinced even if one should rise from the dead" (Lk 16:31). Faith in the risen Jesus comes through hearing the word of God (Rm 10:17). Therefore, during this season of Easter, attend Mass as frequently as possible, even daily, to hear the Word of God. Meditate on this Word day and night (Ps 1:2; Jos 1:8). Treasure it in your heart (Lk 2:19). Devour the prophetic Word during this season of Easter (Jer 15:16).

What kind of passing will you do with the Lenten and Easter Scriptures that prophecy about Jesus? Will you pass them on to those you meet? Or will you merely pass them up, and let new life in Christ pass you by?

Prayer:  Father, give me a heart to seek You, ears to hear You, and the will to worship, love, and serve You.

Promise:  "God raised [Jesus] from the dead, and we are His witnesses." —Acts 3:15

Praise:  "O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is Your name over all the earth!" (Ps 8:2) Alleluia to You, risen Lord Jesus, our Savior!

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 2, 2012

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