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Recall, Reflect, Reconciliation, Reconnect and Rekindle

Background Music: Panalangin by Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Rose De Jesus

April 14, Third Sunday of Easter
Daily Readings: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48

Peter, one of the apostles, continued to preach to the people of Jerusalem. He reminded them that they put the author of life to death in their ignorance. Simultaneously, he conveyed to them the realization of God's previous prophecy: the suffering, death, and resurrection of His Son.

The second reading is an invitation to repent of sinfulness; whoever obeys God’s commandment will be rewarded.

In the gospel today, the two disciples recounted how Jesus appeared to them on the way but unfortunately, they did not recognize him at once. They only recognized him in the breaking of the bread. At the same time, Jesus appeared to the disciples but they were frightened at first. To free them from their troubled hearts and doubts, he lets them see his wounded hands and feet, proving that it is him with flesh and bone and not a ghost.

The theme of the three readings pertains to the invitation to repentance and forgiveness of sins. The passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus allow people to have a new life through conversion, repentance, and forgiveness of sins. A new perspective on how to live the gift of life fully. As his beloved children and the recipients of this love, we are invited to ponder the 5 Rs. Recall, reflect, reconcile, reconnect, and rekindle.

It gives a chance to RECALL all the weaknesses and sins that one has committed in life, especially deviating from the commandments of God. It is an occasion to REFLECT on the past and present events in one’s life. It is a time to reflect on one’s ethical and moral values in life.

It is timely to do the sacrament of RECONCILIATION, to receive the absolutes of sins granted by the church through the priest. It is an occasion to RECONNECT to God once again to ask forgiveness for all the wrongdoings and establish a relationship and lastly, it gives a great possibility to REKINDLE our faith in God.

Lord, give us the courage to repent of our sinfulness and we ask forgiveness for the many times we have offended you. Amen.


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