Posted by: livingscripture | April 13, 2009


From the Word of the Day


David…foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ: “Neither was he abandoned to the nether world nor did his flesh see corruption.”  God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.

(Acts 2, 30-32)


How should we live this Wordgrande_pasqua1


This is part of the discourse that Peter addresses to the crowds once he has been freed from his fears.  He is anxious to persuade the Hebrew people that what had been said in the Scriptures was verified in the human-divine adventure of Jesus.


Here he alludes to King David who received the revelation that one of his descendants would be given victory over death and the corruption of the body, in an endless kingdom.  In fact, the beautiful responsorial psalm says, ‘My heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body too, abides in confidence; because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.’


Peter can assert with certainty that this has been realized in the risen Jesus.  “We are all witnesses”, he says with conviction.  This is what we are called to do even today in a world that is marked by so many threats of death. 


Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder the numerous dangers of destruction for the ecology, of the abundance of physical and psychological violence, of so much possessiveness, of the prevarication of the powerful over the weak and poor.  It is precisely in this context that I will pray with humble trust:


Lord, help me to be a witness to Your victory over death and over all disintegration and evil.  Place Your serene strength in my heart that is peace for me and for the world.


The voice of Pope John Paul II


Our hope is Jesus Christ, Crucified and Risen.

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