Witnesses of the Resurrection

Luke 24: 35-48
Acts 3:11-26 / Ps 8:2ab,5-9

…repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
(Luke 24:48)

We also must give testimony
As followers of Christ without doubt;
Proclaim His Resurrection and see
All our weaknesses and fears fly out.

The two recounted what had happened on the road, and how He became known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were still speaking, Jesus Himself stood in their midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And while they still disbelieved for joy and wonder, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate before them. Then He said to them, “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:35-48)

Reflection

Mary Magdalene and her companions had excitedly informed the disciples that Jesus had appeared to them. Peter and John had run to the tomb to verify this news, and had found it empty. Then two disciples had returned from Emmaus to report that Jesus had broken bread with them. These developments should have prepared the followers of Jesus for His coming, but still, when He came to them, they were scared and confounded, thinking that Jesus was a ghost. He had to ask for food and eat before them to convince them that he was really flesh and blood, fully resurrected.

As Catholics, we firmly believe in the Resurrection as our Lord Jesus had manifested it, and which we too will some day undergo to live in God’s eternal kingdom. This belief is central to our faith, simply because as St. Paul declared, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain (worthless); you are still in your sins… If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all” (1Cor.15:17,19). If Jesus had not resurrected from the dead, then the apostles would have scattered after His death, the early Church would not have been established, and there would be no Christianity to speak of today. Even as the Pharisees and temple officials tried maliciously to cover up the Resurrection of Christ by bribing the guards at the burial site with a large amount of money to lie and say “His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep,” (Mt. 28:12-15), the truth of the Resurrection took a life of its own in the powerful proclamations of the apostles. After the Holy Spirit had empowered them on Pentecost, Peter’s witness alone converted thousands who had gathered to listen to his speech about Jesus and His Resurrection (Acts 2:37-41). I believe that we too must give testimony to the Resurrection so that others may also be inspired and blessed by the Holy Spirit. “You are witnesses of these things.”

May Your Holy Spirit guide and inspire us, dear God, to be committed witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ in proclaiming to others that He had indeed risen from the dead to complete Your plan of salvation for mankind, and manifest Your everlasting love. May this be our life’s primary calling. Amen.

One Response to “Witnesses of the Resurrection”

  1. Deekshi  on December 23rd, 2015

    Happy Easter to you and your family as well. I pray your Easter wenkeed was a good one.I saw your weather logo in the bottom and it made me think of our weather here this wenkeed…we hit 87 degrees yesterday!! It was SO warm I hardly wanted to cook. I couldn’t believe it was so warm.Blessings,Jen