He takes our sins away
Today’s readings speak of the freedom we receive because Christ Jesus has died and is risen.
St. Peter (First Reading) speaks to the people of Jerusalem, reminding them of the terrible things that were done to Jesus, by them and in their name. They did not know what they were doing, and God used their deeds for his greater glory by raising Jesus from the dead. Now they must repent and turn to God, so that their sins may be wiped out.
The Second Reading (from the first letter of John) tells us that this forgiveness is on-going: if we fall into sin, we have only to admit our failings and recommit ourselves to following God’s commands. The sacrifice of Jesus takes away our sins , and those of the whole world.
The risen Jesus (Gospel) shows the disciples that his death and resurrection are only the beginning. In his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached to the whole world. His disciples, in all generations, will become his witnesses.