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Reflection 3rd Sunday-B : HE IS REAL

Fr Linh Nguyễn

Fundamental to us as Christians is our belief that Jesus Christ really died on the cross, that he was truly raised from the dead, and that he will return at the end of time as he promised.

It is clear from today's Gospel reading that the risen Jesus was not a disembodied spirit, or an illusion of the grief-stricken disciples. On that first Easter the disciples, as witnesses to Jesus' death, were overwhelmed with joy to see him risen to new life. When Jesus appeared among them he told them he was no ghost, and to prove his reality invited them to touch his hands and feet. Then he asked for a piece of baked fish and ate it in front of them.

After this reassurance Jesus went on to explain to them once more how his death and resurrection were foretold in the scriptures. At this point he did not pose complicated questions to test their understanding; instead, he gave them a task: to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins "to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem" (Acts 24:49). Stop and think. This is not "Give a few hours of your time, and we'll consider you've done your part." What Jesus was giving them was an all-consuming, life-long mission. They were his chosen followers, his disciples, but now the time for learning was over. They must become apostles, the ones sent on a mission.

Every time we come together to celebrate the Eucharist, we are offered the love of God through word and sacrament. We are reminded of God's saving deeds and wonderful promises, and we are given food for the journey. Finally, we are urged to go forth to love and serve the Lord. What mission is Christ calling you to fulfill, that only you can do?

Living Stewardship Now

Pause and review how you are loving and serving the Lord in daily life. What do you need to do differently? Are there things you need to do less, or to do more? Are you being called in a new direction?