3rd Sunday of Easter Year B by Fr. I . Mensah 

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3rd Sunday of Easter Year B by Fr. I . Mensah

First Reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 4:2,4,7-8,9
Second Reading: 1John 2:1-5
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:35-48

Theme: Why are you troubled?


During the Sundays after, it is not very uncommon to always read from the Gospel another story of the resurrection. Today we reflect on Luke’s own account of the resurrection. It is instructive to note that all the four gospels tell the story of the resurrection with some striking similarities and differences. Luke has only one story that talks about Jesus and his disciples. The other writers talk about various incidents of when Jesus met his disciples after the Resurrection. In his account, Jesus entered the upper room which has been locked and said to them “peace be with you and why are you troubled”?

Explanation of the text

Why are you troubled? The answer to this question seems obvious doesn’t it? They would not have done so but the disciples might well have responded, ”What do you mean why are we troubled?” A man they had assumed to be dead had just walked through a locked door! I don’t know about you but in their place we all might have been a bit troubled. In fact, the disciples had experienced enough trouble over the last few days to last a lifetime.

No doubt we’re also living during some troubling times. Do I really have to go over all of the circumstances that have made our lives more difficult during the last 6 or 7 months? So, if I were to ask you, ”Why are you troubled this morning?” your answer might seem just a bit obvious also. Troubling times tend to produce troubled spirits!

They were troubled because they were people who had a memory of a great hope and the hope was dashed on Good Friday when Jesus, their Lord and their Messiah was ruthlessly nailed to a cross and crucified. And they knew that he had been buried in a grave. But unfortunately some of them who went into the tomb had come to report of the missing body in the grave. The two disciples also came with a rumour that He is alive and so Luke says “while they were talking about these things then He appeared to them”.

This is a wonderful passage from Luke, because Luke lets us know that Jesus seeks out when we are troubled with doubts about ourselves, the world in which we live, our painful lives, all of these things. When we don’t know what to do, when we feel maybe that even God has abandoned us, it is Jesus who comes to us. He appears in their midst and the first words He says are: “Peace be with you”.

He showed them his marks to prove that he was Jesus crucified. This wasn’t a fairy tale. It was real. Isaiah 53:5 says: “By his wounds we are healed”. So Jesus showing them the marks of his wounds was like telling them that your doubts, despondency and guilt have been taken away.

Furthermore to clear their minds from any doubts and calm their troubling spirits, Jesus Christ requested for a piece of baked fish and ate it. This sign was reconciliatory enough. It reminded the disciples what He did at the last supper. When they saw Him, they were overjoyed and He opened their minds to the scriptures. The first reading also talks about Peter’s address to the people who were mesmerized or troubled after Peter and John had healed the man. Peter also opened the people’s minds to the scriptures by affirming that Christ is the Messiah which the Jews failed to recognize.

The truth is that in our troubles, Jesus Christ doesn’t abandon us but he comes to us to feed us and also to speak to us. All that we need to do is to avail ourselves. Again any time we are troubled or wearied let us go back to the scriptures that’s where we can draw strength from. We should also remember that we have a great advocate with the Father, “Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s” ( 1John 2:1-2). He Himself had had this troubling experience before: “Now my soul is troubled” ( John 12:27).



1 Comment
  1. Frederick Adade says

    Indeed,my faith has found a resting place!!

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