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3rd Sunday of Easter B - 19th April 2015

posted 18 Apr 2015, 09:41 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by StJohns Annitsford ]

H.B. & Hw.


Vatican II describes the Eucharist as the source and

summit of Christian life. A11 this we need to tease out if

we are ever to own it.

So forgiveness emerges as a recurring issue in the

celebration of our Easter Eucharist. Our sin is

unfinished journey, target missed and failure to relate

properly with God. Forgiveness, on the other hand, is

remission, annulment and cancellation of our debt,and

rescue from danger, the danger of total ruination.

Forgiveness is the removal of the unique obstacle to our

human destiny which is union with God.


The forgiveness of our sins is related to interior and

exterior conversion. Our interior conversion is a radical

change of heart. It is an alteration of attitude which we

need to make. It is our response to the total reversal

which God brings about by raising Jesus from the dead.

This reversal reveals that Jesus' way is the only way to



However, even this is not all there is to conversion. We

are body and soul people. Conversion involves our

whole person body and soul, our whole humanity. So

our interior renewal emanates in a change of behaviour.

This is total conversion, body and soul. We behave in a

totally new way. We behave like Jesus, living to love

and care for one another. If we are to be forgiven; and

we are; if we are to be reconciled with God and life, we

must follow God's way as revealed in Jesus.


Even our co-operation with God in forgiveness is divine

work. We do not forgive or receive forgiveness by our

own effort. It is divine grace that fires and inspires

forgiveness in us. We experience Jesus' way with the

Father only if we love one another. God's will for the

universe is accomplished only through our caring for

one another. It is only by God's love that alienation and

sin is forgiven. Our only debt to God is to love one

another, and debt cancelled by God's loving human kind

through us. Our sin is forgiven by our removing any

obstacles to God's love. "A11 you need is love".


So we celebrate. We celebrate our conversion in body

and soul in the Sacrament of Penance. Like all the

sacraments, the Sacrament of Penance is of a piece with

our Eucharist, which is the sign of reconciliation with

God and each other. It is in the Eucharist that we break

bread with our Risen Lord, expressing our fellowship

with God and humankind. Vatican II describes the

Eucharist as the source and summit of our Christian lifo.

As the apostles receive their commission to preach

repentance and the forgiveness of sin at the breaking of

bread with the Risen Lord, so we are sent to bring the

Good News to all when we break bread together in the

Eucharist. Let's do it!