Posted by: livingscripture | September 18, 2014

Twenty-fourth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.  After that, he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.  After that he appeared to James, then to all the Apostles.  Last of all, as to one born abnormally, he appeared to me; for I am the least of the Apostles, not fit to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God.”

 (1 Corinthians 15: 3-9)   


How should we live this Word Jesus appears

This passage is very important.  In fact, it summarizes the content of our Faith.  There is the Paschal Mystery, the nucleus of the History of Salvation for which our heart can be serene in a certainty that gives true peace.  Because of so much ignorance, we Christians are accused of being credulous.  The reality is that our heart, sustained by historical reasons and by Faith, can go beyond simplistic reasoning but never against healthy reasoning.

The wager is on Jesus dying on the Cross for a greater love than that which has marked other stories of human self- giving, though deep and generous.  However, the wager of Faith is on that of the ‘third day’.  St Paul said, “If Christ had not risen, vain would be our Faith”.  (1 Cor. 15: 14)

It is precisely here that the darkness is scattered.  If we believe the sacred text that has gathered the words of the witnesses, we are alive and on a journey of light.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will re-read slowly the account of Jesus’ resurrection and re-affirm my belief in Jesus. 

O Father, my thirst for truth is quieted.  At the threshold of the Mystery, the Word gives me the certainty that counts, Jesus is risen, conquering death.  I pledge myself to witness to this truth today. 

The voice of Pope Saint John XXIII

I do well what I do before the eyes of God who has loved me and loves me.  Do this, from the very first actions of the morning.


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