Thursday, 9 April 2015 : Thursday within Easter Octave (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : White

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we all heard about how Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead, and how He dispelled their uncertainties and doubts, by proving that He is indeed the Risen Lord, the suffering Messiah who had been lifted up to glory, in fulfillment of all that the prophets had spoken about.

He is the fulfillment of God’s promise for a long time, and indeed what St. Peter and St. John had testified in front of the Council of the elders and the High Priests was a reminder of that fact, and how God had loved His people so much, even when the people refused to acknowledge Him or to follow Him. God has given so much for us, even when we have given Him so little or nothing, or even contempt in return.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this Easter season, we are all reminded of the great mercy and forgiveness which our Lord had shown us, and which He will always show us and offer to us, for the sake of our salvation and redemption, destroying our sins and our iniquities which have barred our way to Him. And therefore, having been renewed in the Lord, we are worthy to receive the heavenly inheritance and great graces which have always been intended for us.

But this does not come about easily, brethren, for the salvation of the Lord does not require just passive waiting for God’s mercy or to think that no matter what we have done, God will surely forgive us. Forgiveness does not come about without repentance and sincere intention on our part so that we devote ourselves to sin no more and walk from then on always in the ways of God.

Just think about it, brethren, that if we profess to be faithful to the Lord our God, and in our actions we show otherwise, then would it not indeed be a great scandal, both in the eyes of God and men alike? Man cannot serve two masters, and indeed, we cannot both serve God and our desires. We cannot serve both God and Satan at the same time. We have to make a conscious and clear choice between the two.

Doubt, uncertainties, fears and all the things which the Apostles encountered, experienced and felt, are all human nature, and so was with the Pharisees, the elders, the chief priests and all who plotted against Jesus and condemned Him to be crucified. It was because of their inability to detach themselves from the desires and from the temptations of the world that they had committed such a great sin.

We have to remember, brothers and sisters, that all of us are sinners, and that there is no sin which has been counted beyond what God had borne upon Himself as He carried that cross to Calvary. Every single sin we committed, even the smallest ones had been taken up by Jesus, and through His death and His resurrection from the dead, He offered to us all the great opportunity and grace which God had promised to His people.

Therefore, as we continue to celebrate and rejoice through this blessed season of Easter, let us remember that we should try to keep ourselves as immaculate and pure as possible. Do not let evil desires and wickedness to affect us and corrupt us. It is very important that we should do as what is expected of us as the children of God. May Almighty God therefore bless us and guide us in all our ways. God be with us all forever. Amen.

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