April 18, 2021
Easter is rooted in the Passover, the escape from slavery. Our world is cruelly oppressed by evil. How can we escape? St. Peter’s preaching shows us the 2 keys: recognizing our sin and trusting in Jesus’ Mercy. Repent, and believe the Good News.
- As the Israelites were liberated from Egypt, we are asked now, today, to be liberated from evil, sin and Satan so God can lead us to the kingdom of Heaven.
- An important lessen is to proclaim the truth of sin and be cleansed by the power of confession. Denouncing sin is a preparation for receiving mercy.
- We are living in a society which doesn’t even want to use the word sin or even recognize that there truly are sins.
- An important plan of action that was repeated all throughout Scripture and is good for us today is to repent from sin and turn to Jesus.
- The stigmata were a sign of the sins of the apostles who denied and abandoned Jesus.
- We are called to exercise our humility and recognize our own sinfulness and to have faith in Jesus. Humility and Trust.
We live in a world where there’s evil, a lot of evil, that hurts all of us. In this Easter time, we remember that Jesus has a practical reason for having us live this, He wants to liberate us from evil and lead us to the kingdom of heaven. In the Gospel, St. Peter announces two truths: the bad news of our sin and the good news of Jesus.
Peter then gives a call to action, “Repent, therefore, and turn again.” Our call to action this Easter is to recognize our sin, confess it and turn to Jesus. Repent and believe. These 50 days of Easter is given to help strengthen us in faith and trust in Jesus.