Have you noticed that during the season of Easter both our First and Second Readings are taken from the New Testament? Only in the Easter Season does this happen and remember Easter is celebrated for seven weeks in our Church. So for seven weeks our First Reading will be read from the Acts of the Apostles. It seems to me very appropriate that we stay with the New Testament during Easter, for so much is happening and it is all about the Risen Christ.
The disciples see Jesus, speak to him, listen to what he has to say and even eat with him; all of this serves as proof that he is indeed alive! No doubt remained in them as Jesus spoke of how his death and Resurrection fulfilled what the prophets of old had proclaimed. Remember, it was God the Father who spoke to the prophets through words and dreams. It was all part of God’s plan, unfolded over centuries and centuries of time. It was a plan initiated by God from the very beginning in an effort to bring all people to him.
“God never ceases to draw man to himself.” CCC 27
Can you imagine devising a plan to save all people from the effects of sin and how comprehensive such a plan needed to be?! Only God, who loves beyond our capacity to understand could have created and implemented such a plan. Why would God do that? Why is it so important to him? Does God really need us? Many theologians write of how God created humanity for himself; that we would all be reconciled to him is at the heart of his offering his own Son to suffer and die that we might be freed of sin and gifted with eternal life. God wants us to be with him. What an amazing gift; one motivated by pure love. And so, enlightened by Jesus regarding Sacred Scripture, the disciples were sent out into the world to spread the Good News of the Risen Christ. This is the same Good News that we must take to the world today. The disciples are our mentors, committed followers, people of faith, from whom we draw courage and inspiration. God will provide us opportunity and will lead us, just as he prepared and led the disciples; we need only be open to his love and accepting of our role to speak of the gift of his Son who indeed saved humanity. Alleluia! God grant us the wisdom, the strength and the love we need to bring news of the Risen Jesus to the world.
With Easter joy,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC