The World Awaits Our Witness
Saturday in the Octave of Easter
The next time I find a person struggling or in turmoil, I will offer to pray with them—or at least for them if they decline.
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are the source of all life because you are life itself. Your resurrection gives me the hope of being
raised from the dead to rejoice with you in heaven forever. I need to dwell more often on the good
you have done for us and on your promises to those who put their trust in you. Thank you, Jesus for
taking up your life again and leading the way home to heaven. I love you, and I want to follow after
you with all my heart. I want to cooperate more fully with you in bringing many others to heaven
Lord, grant me the grace of a profound apostolic
1. Saint Who Is Sad Is a Sad Saint:
"When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe." From these lines of scripture we can see the power
our emotions can exercise over our faith. Melancholy can affect our trust. Perhaps we have been hurt
by others and our sorrows are as real as those of the disciples. But let us not get accustomed to
our tears; rather, with the courage and help of Our Lord, let us put aside past resentments and
pain. After all, if his love is enough to convert our hearts, what grounds do we have to think that
it is not powerful enough to convert the hearts and lives of those who hurt us? Humanity will not be
converted by the distressed. We should be willing to give the world a joyful witness to the
Resurrection, for the source of our joy is in the Lord, not in the hands of our adversaries.
2. Rebuked for Unbelief and Hardness of Heart:
We may be a bit scandalized
at Our Lord's apparent lack of understanding and sympathy towards his disciples who were mourning
his tragic loss. Sometimes though, a good shaking-up is required to slough off a melancholic spirit
and to switch us from an inordinate self-love and self-pity to a concern for others. In moments when
we begin to despair and feel suffocated by our sufferings, St. Paul reminds us to have hope: "I am
sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to
come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
me from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38). We must never allow anything to rob
us of our trust in Christ. He is faithful to his promises.
3. We Are to Be Witnesses to
Despite their unbelief, Our Lord did not retract his gift of redemption or
lessen our responsibility for the mission. "It is not to a dull everyday routine that we return.… We
need to imitate the zeal of the Apostle Paul: 'Straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on
towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14)'"
(John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 59). Our encounter of faith with the Risen Lord cannot be
kept solely for the private sphere of our life. Rather, it needs to draw us to be zealous in
proclaiming him to others. The sense of Christ’s command—"Go into the whole world"—is to proclaim
him to as many others as possible.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I have
taken away from this meditation the lesson that it is time for me to wake from my slumber to fulfill
your words. I must "go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature." Help me to
realize that my past sinfulness and disbelief do not excuse me from this
The next time I find a person struggling or in turmoil,
I will offer to pray with them—or at least for them if they decline.
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