April 19, 2022

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Celebrating this octave of Easter reminds us of the importance of Easter mystery in our lives and the disciples’ experiences talking with the risen Lord. It is always fascinating that he, whom they knew so intimately, remained a bit of a mystery at first in that garden and their early encounters after the resurrection. They did not see the resurrection, but they saw the transformation of Christ and their transformation in Christ. We may want to cling to old ways with one another, even to ourselves. Yet, Christ says to “ascend,” go further to the “Father,” and think of the heavenly things, not earthly sorrows.

The Upper Room Pentecost of the disciples reminds us of the transformation that came about due to entrusting their lives to the Holy Spirit. Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles continues the long speech that Peter gave on Pentecost (continued from yesterday’s reading). It is a testimony of changing minds and hearts toward God. Peter went through a rapid transformation once he experienced Pentecost. His quick turnaround allowed the Holy Spirit to transform him. Peter did this, standing together with the Eleven, a special reminder that our faith testimony is never alone, for we walk in good company too.

Trusting in the Spirit, not clinging to the past, seeing Christ in new places and people will bring us to move from our weariness to rejoicing. How often do we revel in a bad experience or difficult conversation and do not move forward to rise above the negative to experience the renewed life?

Angels guide us still to ask us why we are weeping over the past. Christ calls us out of our darkness into a marvelous new way of living. May this Easter Time allow us to rise in the fullness of God.

Let Us Pray:

Lord God, by the Easter mysteries we celebrate, help us share the joy of your gift of life. Teach others to know the glory of your risen Son so that we may rejoice with the neophytes to evangelize those most in need of Good News, through Christ our Lord.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.