WEEKDAY HOMILY FOR THURSDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER
THEME: THE ACTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT….. “Peace to you”
BY: Fr. Joan Carles MONTSERRAT i Pulido
HOMILY: Today, the risen Christ meets again his disciples with his desire of peace: “Peace be with you.” (Lk 24:36). This is how He makes disappear the fears and forebodings the Apostles had accumulated during their days of Passion and loneliness.
He is not a ghost but totally real; at times, however, fright in our lives is taking shape as if it were the only reality possible. At times also, it is our lack of faith and of interior life which is changing things: fright becomes reality and Christ gradually vanishes from our life. The presence of Christ in our Christian life, instead, lightens up our existence, especially in those places no human explanation may account for. Saint Gregory of Nazianzus urged us: “We should be ashamed to dispense with the salutation of peace; salutation the Lord left with us when He was going to leave this world. Peace is a name and a substantial thing emanating from God, as the Apostle Paul said to the Philippians: ‘The peace of God’; and that it is from God is also shown when he tells the Ephesians: ‘He is our peace’.”
It is the resurrection of Christ which gives a meaning to all our difficulties and sufferings, which helps us to recover our peace of mind and calm us down in the darkness of our life. All other small lights we may find in our life are only meaningful under this Light.
In the Gospel we read: «Everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled…”: and again we read “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk 24:44-45), as He had already done with the disciples at Emmaus. The Lord also wants us to understand the meaning of the Scriptures for our life; He wants our poor heart to become a flaming heart, like his: with the explanation of the Scriptures and the chunk of bread, the Holy Eucharist. In other words: the Christian task is to see how He makes his story become a story of salvation.
Fr. Joan Carles MONTSERRAT i Pulido
(Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)