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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Easter Week

Acts 3:1-10
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
Luke 24:13-35

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"They recounted what had happened on the road and how they had come to know Him in the breaking of bread." —Luke 24:35

Alleluia! Jesus lives forever! The tomb is empty! The stone is rolled away! Jesus has risen from the grave! Alleluia!

Many people, even Christians, find the above praises odd. For them, Easter ended Sunday or never actually began. Easter was merely a holiday, a remembrance of an event 2000 years ago that doesn't seem to have much to do with the present. Most people have obviously not met the living, risen Christ.

However, we can have Easter now and meet the living Jesus by obeying Him. He may tell us to go to Church every day at 3pm (see Acts 3:1), to command a cripple to be healed, to take a long walk and talk about the Bible (Lk 24:13ff), or to go to an evening Mass (Lk 24:29-30). We may do these or other things several times without a life-changing encounter with the risen Christ. However, finally the lame will walk, our hearts will be on fire (Lk 24:32), or our eyes will be opened (Lk 24:31).

The risen Jesus comes to those at the right place at the right time, whether it's at the tomb, in the upper room, or at the Sea of Galilee — at dawn, 3pm, or as evening draws near (see Lk 24:29). The risen Jesus has made an appointment with you. He's telling you where and when to go. Just obey Him.

Prayer:  Risen Jesus, help me to be on time for my appointments with You.

Promise:  "Immediately the beggar's feet and ankles became strong; he jumped up, stood for a moment, then began to walk around." —Acts 3:7-8

Praise:  Praise the risen Jesus, "the Resurrection and the Life" (Jn 11:25), Who awaits our unity with Him now and forever!

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Hearing God, or on audio AV 45-1 or video V-45.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, XXX 11, 2011

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