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Third Sunday of Easter

April 23, 2012

THE JOY OF THE RESURRECTION

All of our readings today make a very clear connection between the resurrection of Christ and the forgiveness of sins.

St. Paul makes the point abundantly clear:  The author of life, you put to death.  In other words, you killed God.  You are the worst of sinners.

But then Paul tells them, but God raised him from the dead.  That is, God has undone what you have done.  God has brought life from what you thought was death.

And so we repent and our sins are wiped away.  But here is my difficulty:  often us church-folk speak more of sin than we do forgiveness.  We forget that we celebrate are people of the resurrection, not the crucifixion.

I cannot tell you how many Catholics I meet who live in this life feeling so unworthy, so penitent, so sorry because they feel they can never measure up, but that is not what we are to profess.  In gratitude for all that God has done, we profess forgiveness much more often than sinfulness.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter: (Acts 4:13-15,17-79; Psalm 4; 1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48)

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