Christ, our Advocate with the Father
We are celebrating the Easter season with joy. This week’s readings remind us how much Jesus has won for us, and that his forgiving love is always there for us all.
In the First Reading, Peter clearly puts the responsibility for the death of Jesus onto the Judaean people, who had received so much. Yet they can still turn to the risen Christ and repent.
They, and we, may well use Psalm 4 (5) as our cry and prayer for mercy. The Psalm is at the same time full of confidence and trust.
The Second Reading, from St John’s letter, speaks unambiguously of sin, but reminds us that we have the remedy – Jesus Christ, our Advocate with the Father.
The Gospel offers us another of the appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection. He meets the fear and agitation of the disciples by offering peace, allowing them to touch him and share a meal with him.
Our readings also underline our role as witnesses. May we go forward this week, confident in God’s love for us, and eager to witness to him.