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Sunday, April 19th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 24:35-48.


Third Sunday of Easter – Year B

19 April 2015

Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see,

because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 24:35-48. 

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.”
And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.
And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.

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Third Sunday of Easter – Year B

19 April 2015

Commentary of the day

 Blessed Guerric of Igny

 Blessed Guerric of Igny (c.1080-1157), Cistercian abbot
1st Sermon for the Lord’s Resurrection, 4

“Why are you distressed?”

When Jesus came to his apostles while “the doors were locked,” and he “stood in their midst”, they “in their panic and fright thought they were seeing a ghost.” (Jn 20:19; Lk 24:37) But when he breathed on them saying: “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22), and when he then sent them that same Spirit from heaven as a new gift, this gift was an indubitable proof of his resurrection and new life. For the Spirit testifies in the hearts of the saints and through their mouths that Christ is the truth, the true resurrection and the life. That is why the apostles, who had first doubted even when they saw his living body, “bore witness to the resurrection with power” (Acts 4:33) once they had tasted that Spirit who gives life. It is much more to our advantage to welcome Jesus into our heart than to see him with our eyes or hear him speak. The Holy Spirit’s action on our interior senses is much more powerful than the impression made by material objects on our external senses…

Now, brethren, what is the testimony that the joy of your heart is giving to your love of Christ? … Today, so many messengers are proclaiming the resurrection in the Church, and your heart exults and cries out: “Jesus, my God, is alive; they have proclaimed that! At this news, my discouraged, tepid spirit, made drowsy through grief, has come back to life. The voice that is proclaiming this good news awakens even the guiltiest from death…” Oh brethren, this is the sign by which you will recognize your spirit has come back to life in Christ: if it says: “If Jesus is alive, that is enough for me!” O Word of faith, so fitting to Jesus’ friends! … “If Jesus is alive, that is enough for me!”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Third Sunday of Easter – Year B

19 April 2015

Saint of the day

St. Elphege, Archbishop and Martyr (954-1012)

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SAINT ELPHEGE
Archbishop, Martyr
(954-1012)

        St. Elphege was born in the year 954, of a noble Saxon family. He first became a monk in the monastery of Deerhurst, near Tewkesbury, England, and afterwards lived as a hermit near Bath, where he founded a community under the rule of St. Benedict, and became its first abbot.

        At thirty years of age he was chosen Bishop of Winchester, and twenty-two years later he became Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1011, when the Danes landed in Kent and took the city of Canterbury, putting all to fire and sword, St. Elphege was captured and carried off in the expectation of a large ransom. He was unwilling that his ruined church and people should be put to such expense, and was kept in a loathsome prison at Greenwich for seven months.

While so confined some friends came and urged him to lay a tax upon his tenants to raise the sum demanded for his ransom. “What reward can I hope for,” said he, “if I spend upon myself what belongs to the poor? Better give up to the poor what is ours, than take from them the little which is their own.” As he still refused to give ransom, the enraged Danes fell upon him in a fury, beat him with the blunt sides of their weapons, and bruised him with stones until one, whom the Saint had baptized shortly before, put an end to his sufferings by the blow of an axe.

        He died on Easter Saturday, April 19, 1012, his last words being a prayer for his murderers.

       His body was first buried in St. Paul’s, London, but was afterwards translated to Canterbury by King Canute. A church dedicated to St. Elphege still stands upon the place of his martyrdom at Greenwich.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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