March 28, 2016 Acts 2:14, 22-33; Matthew 28: 8-15

March 28, 2016 Acts 2:14, 22-33; Matthew 28: 8-15

During the last days of Holy Week … the retelling of the passion and death of Jesus gives us a view of how different followers of Jesus … act under pressure. The tough … but impetuous Peter for example … hides in the shadows and denies Jesus. The women … the Marys … stay steady … faithful in their service … agonizing and witnessing to the Lord.

Then … the day of resurrection dawns … what a difference a day makes.

In the first reading … we see a changed Peter. Now he is bravely … openly … proclaiming that Jesus is raised from the dead. He believes and preaches that the prophecies are now fulfilled … Jesus truly is the fulfillment of God’s plan for the salvation of humankind.

Today … Peter demonstrates what being a believer really means. He is enthusiastic and unafraid! He proclaims what he believes.

In the Gospel … the Marys agonize no more … the tomb is empty … they not only believe … but … they actually encounter Jesus. With joy-filled hearts … they too announce the good news.

How does this relate to us?

Just like Peter … and the Marys … and the disciples … if we truly believe in the Resurrection … we too will let this truth shape our lives … and let it encourage us to be unafraid to share the Gospel … the good news … with others.

That’s what makes us Easter people!

With joy filled hearts … let us proclaim … Christ is Risen … Alleluia!

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