YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER
THEME: MESSAGE OF REPENTANCE
BY: Fr Francis Onwunali
HOMILY: “So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this”. (Luke 24: 46-48) These words of Jesus to His disciples summarize the message of this Third Sunday of Easter Year B. When we hear and are touched by the Good News, we must live it and preach it.
In the first reading (Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19), Peter, who couldn’t hold the burning desire in him, orchestrated by the transforming power of the Good News, stood before the Isrealites to proclaim the saving message of the resurrection of Jesus. His death was in fulfilment of the Scriptures. We are then to live our lives reflecting that for which He died – repentance from our sins.
In the gospel (Luke 24: 35-48), Jesus dispels the fears and doubts of His disciples about His victory over death. He makes the incorruptible, touchable, to strenghten their faith, and for them to share the Good News of salvation.
Dear friends, with the myriads of frustrating and discouraging news in our world today, one can only be consoled that this ever Good News of the Risen Lord is our hope that our situations are not to end in pain but in praise. Has the Good News touched your life in a manner that you can draw out “the good” from every negative situation? This is the transforming power of the saving message of the Good News. God’s love will always come to perfection in us as we obey Him. (1 John 2: 1-5)
I pray as we journey in life today, we will strive not to focus and be held down by the incessant bad news around us, rather, may we rise above their limitations by conforming our lives with the power of victory over sin. In union with the Psalmist we plead with the Lord to lift up the light of His face on us, for it is the only source of our happiness. (Ps 4: 7) May we be witnesses and our lives testify to the transforming power of the Good News. Have a happy and Good News-full Sunday!
Fr Francis Onwunali