29 Apr 2017

This Week Letter – April 30, 2017

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,
On the pages of Scriptures, one can find everything from stories to advice and orders. The fact that we are experiencing what we read and hear is the truth. Truth is revealed by prophets and apostles, truth radiates from the words of Jesus Christ, the Savior Himself. On these pages are described the fates of the nations, the experiences of the disciples, and most importantly, the earthly life of the Lord. The Bible is not a chronicle that one can read about other great worlds. These are the words that talk about God, words spoken and written long before the appearance of Christ on earth. How do we know that these words are inspired by the Spirit? How do we know that they talk about the Savior, Jesus? It is because all that was written concerned, and still concerns faith, love and salvation.
In the first reading, in the words of St. Peter, the first Vicar of Christ, the pillar of the Christian Church, we hear about the Truth again, which is well known by us; though it can be very painful, it brings joy and love. In reminding  the people of Jerusalem about the death of Christ, Peter quotes the words of David, the forefather of the family from whom Jesus came: “I saw the Lord ever before me, with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope, because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”  (Acts 2: 25-28). These words provide clear evidence of how much Jesus Christ was awaited.

The letter of St. Peter in which he clearly identifies the reason for the Savior’s appearance on earth: ” He was known before the foundation of the world but revealed in the final time for you, who through Him believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. “(1P 1,20-21). We hear once more about the Truth that rests before our eyes, when we read, listen and experience the Mass, which is the Mystery of Sacrifice.
The peak of experiencing the Truth is the Gospel: two disciples of Christ are on the road to Emmaus. ” they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him “(Lk 24: 14-16). And then, Jesus who Himself is the Truth clearly defined why He came to earth:  “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to Him in all the scriptures.” (Lk 24: 25-27).
Jesus Christ the Risen One, the Only Truth and our Hope, let us grasp your Truth so that we can endure eternal life in you.

God bless!