Audio Readings, April 24, 2014 Thursday within the Octave of Easter

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

Psalm 8:2, 5-9;Acts 3:11-26;Luke 24:35-48

You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant. (Acts 3:25)

Noticing that a crowd has gathered around the man whom they have just cured, Peter takes full advantage of the people’s curiosity. He launches into an address that both explains what has just happened and offers everyone else a share in the salvation that this miracle has revealed.

Although Peter announces that this salvation comes through repentance, he doesn’t just

address the people as sinners guilty of condemning Jesus to death. Rather, he addresses what’s best in their nature and experience. He invites them to take hold of the grace God has already given them. He recalls the God they have always worshipped and reminds them that in Jesus, the crucified and risen Messiah, this God is now freely healing people and giving them new life.

Generously, Peter attributes their part in the death of Christ to ignorance rather than to malice. Then he goes on to point to the promised blessing that is rightfully theirs. No wonder so many are eager to believe!

What a model for us as we take up the call to share the gospel! We are surrounded by people who need a savior. How do we view them? How do we talk about them? How do we talk to them? It can be tempting to focus on their shortcomings and sins, but such an approach can lead us to turn our backs on them as being hopeless. It will certainly lead them to keep their distance from us! No one is attracted by condemnation!

On the other hand, we can try to develop a more positive attitude. We can begin by looking for Jesus in each person around us. We can try to identify his image in them and look for ways that they manifest his goodness. Certainly any desire to do the right thing, any impulse of generosity or sense of justice, can show us a way to talk with them about the Lord. If we begin at this spot, we’ll find it easier to help them take one step closer to the God who is already at work in their hearts.

All it takes is an open, respectful heart. The rest is up to God.

“Father, you loved me long before I came to know you. Open my eyes to see how you are at work in every human heart.”~WAU

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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