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Third Sunday of Easter - Year B

Sunday, 15 April, 2018
Luke 24: 35-48

The Word of God this Sunday, the third Sunday of Easter, reminds us of how radical a 
thing it is to be a Christian.  We should relish and revel in this with great joy, as well as with love, humility and mercy.

We should never water down or secularise our Christianity in order to appear more ‘reasonable’ to the broader culture.  We would be selling them short if we did so.  It would be a lack of love on our part for our brothers and sisters who do not yet believe.

The Gospel of Luke today teaches us that the very core of our faith - without which all else would just be the false hope of superstition and fairytale - is that Jesus rose from the dead. 

Imagine that!  Laid out in a tomb, cold and gone.  All because of brokenness of creation, the sin, selfishness and evil that he had no hand, act, or part in.  Yet, he was raised up, and offers the same safe channel through the parted sea of danger and death for all who are humble enough and loving enough to graft their lives onto his.

That’s why Saint Peter in the first reading, on fire with the Holy Spirit speaks fearlessly to us teaching us that all of the ancient prophecies were preparing us to recognise that God himself would enter into our flesh and blood so that love, humility and repentance might give us a foothold on his conquering Kingdom.

That’s why Saint John has no fear about standing in front of modern society in all its pseudo-sophistication and telling God’s children not to be duped by the latest trends or vox pop.  The world’s standards are beneath the dignity of the brothers and sisters of the risen Lord.  Instead we seek his power behind us as we strive and sail towards holiness. That’s what following him is about.

In the words of the psalmist we pray that the light of God’s face may shine upon us now, and into eternity.

- Fr Conor Cunningham PP

Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin