April 13, 2023 – Thursday in the Octave of Easter
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To be a credible witness, one must have a on-hand experience of the incident. For a witness to be reliable, one must have a personal encounter of what was going on & had happened as the event unfolds.
Our readings today are all about witnessing & being witness.
People in our first reading in the Acts of the Apostles believe not only because of what Peter & John preached & proclaimed about the risen Lord Jesus Christ, whom they condemned & crucified in death but also because they themselves see for themselves the cured lame man & the miracle happened to him. People repented & believed because they witness for themselves God’s miracle in curing the lame man happened right in front of them.
In the same way the disciples came to believe because they themselves experience the risen Lord appeared before them. It is the Lord in person, who showed himself to them – with His wounds, hungry for food, & whom they fed & listened to anew to His message & challenge of faith & repentance. Because of their first & on-hand experience of the risen Lord in person, they are now as the Lord says: “Witnesses of all these”. The people & the disciples believe because they witness in person for themselves & now become as personal believers and witnesses of our risen Lord Jesus Christ.
We cannot give what we do not have. We can only share what we have. In the same way, we cannot be credible witnesses if we have not witness for ourselves the incident. Through the witness & witnessing Peter & John, people came to believe in the risen Lord. By our testimony of our witness & witnessing of our faith, other people in effect will also believe & experience for themselves the risen Lord in our lives today.
May these Easter Season make us more aware of the appearances & revelations of our risen Lord in our lives now, so that we may share anew His messages & graces for our world today, especially during these pandemic times. So Help Us God. So May it Be. Amen.