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Scripture reflection: Christ, our Advocate with the Father

 |  08 April 2018

Lectionary reading

First reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19.

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 4:2, 4, 7, 9.

Second reading: 1 John 2:1-5.

Gospel: Luke 24:35-48.

Link to readings.

Introduction

We are celebrating the Easter season with joy.

This week’s readings remind us how much Jesus has won for us, and that his forgiving love is always there for us all.

In the First Reading, Peter clearly puts the responsibility for the death of Jesus onto the Judaean people, who had received so much.

Yet they can still turn to the risen Christ and repent.

They, and we, may well use Psalm 4 (5) as our cry and prayer for mercy.

The Psalm is at the same time full of confidence and trust.

The Second Reading, from St John’s letter, speaks unambiguously of sin, but reminds us that we have the remedy – Jesus Christ, our Advocate with the Father.

The Gospel offers us another of the appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection. He meets the fear and agitation of the disciples by offering peace, allowing them to touch him and share a meal with him.

Our readings also underline our role as witnesses.

May we go forward this week, confident in God’s love for us, and eager to witness to him.

Second Reading

1 John 2: 1–5

I take the time to become aware of God’s presence, grateful that I have some moments to spend with him.

I may light a candle, connecting with the light of the Easter candle and with the risen Jesus.

I read the text slowly.

John is writing a letter. Can I see it as addressed to me?

What does the word ‘advocate’ say to me?

Do I feel that I can turn to Jesus in whatever situation ... sin, trouble, grief, confusion, weakness of faith ...?

His sacrifice has saved me, and saves the world.

I turn to him and speak to him, maybe in love, gratitude and praise ...

The light of Easter can enable me to see his way with greater clarity. How does this text speak to me today?

I ponder the Lord’s action in my daily life, and maybe ask him to draw me ever closer.

I slowly end my prayer, with Glory be to the Father ...

Gospel

Luke 24: 35–48

I come to my place of prayer, placing myself gently in the presence of my risen Lord.

After reading the Gospel slowly a couple of times,

I may put myself in the upper room with the disciples –

listening excitedly to the account of Emmaus, them speaking of Jesus – and suddenly he is here.

How do I feel? How do I react? Am I brave enough to touch him?

What can I say to him?

I sit quietly, or maybe I ponder some of these questions. I listen to his words. Do they bring me peace?

Jesus speaks of the scriptures.

Are Christ’s death and resurrection central for me? As a forgiven sinner, am I ready to be his witness? How can I do this in my life?

I speak from my heart, before ending my prayer with gratitude.

 

Prepared by St Beuno’s Outreach in the Diocese of Wrexham

 

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