Posted by: livingscripture | April 16, 2009

EASTER THURSDAY

From the Word of the Day

By faith in His name, this man, whom you see and know, His name has made strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of all of you.

(Acts 3, 16)

                                                       

How should we live this Word

 

peter11Peter here takes up a position in the face of the crowd’s euphoria at the cure of the crippled man at Solomon’s portico when the apostle had invoked the name of Jesus.  Peter wants to make it clear that it was only through his openness to faith in the power of Jesus’ name that he was able to obtain a ‘perfect cure’.  Peter’s exhortation is based on the fact that God accomplished all His promises in Jesus.  Thus Peter says with frankness, ‘Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Christ’. 

 

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will allow this eloquent invitation to change reach me in view of a consolation that I and many others urgently need.  To change my life means above all to entrust fully to the Risen Christ all my days and all that I think and do.  It means to rise with Him to a life open as gift in a kind glance, a comforting word, a revenge denied, expressions of benevolence and reconciliation, small gestures of cordiality and of friendship.  It is here that Jesus’ Resurrection spreads its vivifying energies through my faith.

 

Lord Jesus, the light of the resurrection gives us the strength to believe deeply in the proclamation of joy that Your Rising shouted to the earth and its tears.

 

The voice of H. De Lubac, a thinker

 

One many believe in many things, but to be precise, one does not give one’s faith except to someone.


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