Third Sunday of Easter
April 23, 2023 •
The Jews saw this gift of Law as the greatest gift that God bestowed upon them. He did it through His prophets, through Moses, by speaking His Word to them. As Catholics, we understand that Jesus Christ is the Word of God.
What the old law symbolized, Jesus Christ is.
The difference between the Old Testament law, and the New Testament Christ is that one is verbal and the other, Incarnate. An actual living law. That's Who Jesus Christ is. He is the living Law of God. . . .
Jesus Christ is the completion of everything that was taught to the Israelites before. Remember what Jesus said: "Not a single letter or dot on a letter will pass away from the law. I did not come to remove the law, but to fulfill it." That's what He does. He is the fulfillment of the Law, and as we know, that law in Christ is love.
Saint Paul tells us that the summary of all of the law and the prophets as revealed in Christ is love.
He manifests that love most perfectly through His Death and Resurrection. . . .
Laws - rules - enable relationships. Without rules, there are no relationships. Some rules restrict the relationship, and some require action in the relationship. ultimately, that's the purpose of law and rules. And that's what Christ has come to give us. . . .
You need Divine Laws and rules to have a relationship with God. That's where we as Catholics have the greatest gift. In a sense - like the Jews of old - we can take great pride that we have been given God's own Law - His teachings, His life - so that we can have a relationship with Him.
And through that bring others - the rest of the "lawless" people of the world - to Christ.
These aren't just the Ten Commandments and the moral code. Yes, those are some of the laws, some of the rules. But first and foremost, the laws that enable us to have a relationship with God, with our Father, are the Sacramental laws. The Sacraments. . . . . they are the means by which we offer love and adoration to God.
Father proceeds to "break open the Scriptures" and explain how
the road to Emmaus resurrection account is
so important for us and how the Mass is celebrated.
Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; 1 Pt 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35
Due to technical issues, we were unable to stream the Mass this Sunday.