27 Mar
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Acts 3:11-26
Ps. 8:2,5,6-7,8-9
Lk. 24:35-48
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The Law or Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms: these three terms together indicate the whole of the Old Testament. The Apostles were Jews: they had heard readings from the Law and the Prophets many times in their synagogues and they had frequently used the Psalms in prayer. But before the resurrection of Jesus, they lacked full enlightenment and could scarcely understand the real message of the Scriptures. It required the Risen Jesus to open their minds to the deeper meaning of the Word of God.

Jesus opened their minds. St Luke's affirmation teaches us several things. First of all, the Old Testament readings and prayers that we use in our Liturgy are not "old": they are always new and life-giving, texts revealed to us in order to lead us into a deeper appreciation of the mystery of Christ.

Then, too, only the Risen Jesus with the light of His resurrection, can teach us the truth. Mere human ways of interpreting Scripture will never initiate us into the mystery of new life which the Word of God offers us.

Lord, enlighten our minds that we may draw new life and light from Your Divine Word.

Eternal Father, I offer You everything I do this day; my thoughts, words, joys and sufferings. Grant that, vivified by the Holy Spirit and united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, my life this day may be of service to You and to others. I also pray that all those preparing for marriage discover in Sacrament the source of Christ's grace for living a fithful and fruitful love. Amen.

That the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation between persons and people may be understood and that the Church through her testimony, may spread Christ's love, the source of new humanity.

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