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Easter Week

Acts 4:1-12
Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27
John 21:1-14

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the tomb of sin

"It was done in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean Whom you crucified and Whom God raised from the dead." —Acts 4:10

Peter recognized the risen Christ when he repented of going back into the fishing business (see Jn 21:3ff). Three-thousand people were baptized into the risen Christ when they repented of their part in Jesus' crucifixion through their sins (Acts 2:38, 41). On the evening after Jesus' Resurrection, He commanded His apostles to preach to the nations "repentance and forgiveness of sins" (Lk 24:47, RSV-CE). That same evening, Jesus commissioned His apostles to forgive sins (Jn 20:23). Repentance for our sins is the key to meeting the risen Christ. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is essential to witnessing for the risen Christ. Hearts burning with contrition and purification are open to the risen Christ (see Lk 24:32). Eyes weeping in sorrow for sins will be opened to see the risen Christ.

Repent! The risen King of the kingdom is at hand! (see Mk 1:15) "The wages of sin is death" (Rm 6:23). The result of repentance is risen life. Go to Confession as soon as possible. Come out of the tomb of sin into the light of the risen Christ.

Prayer:  Father, send the Holy Spirit to convict me of my sins (Jn 16:8).

Promise:  "There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is no other name in the whole world given to men by which we are to be saved." —Acts 4:12

Praise:  Alleluia! Praise the risen Jesus, Who is "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life"! (Jn 14:6)

Reference:  (For a related teaching on The Necessity of Confession for Renewal, order, listen to or download our CD 70-1 or DVD 70 on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2017

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