Thursday within the Octave of Easter

Thursday, April 16

Thursday within the Octave of Easter


Liturgical readings are available here.

Jesus suddenly appears in the middle of his disciples, shows them wounds on his hands and eats with them. He confirms his identity: he is the one who died on the cross to fulfill God’s plan.

However, it is only in the light of his resurrection that the deeper meaning of the OT is revealed: that everything written about him in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.

When Jesus fulfills things, it is not the end of everything, but just the beginning. Jesus is in the middle of times and now repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, will be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Luke’s gospel and the Acts are a double-work with a specific theology of time and mission of the Church: everything has been achieved with Jesus and there is nothing more to be obtained. No other revelation will give us anything more than what he gave to us. Why are we here, then; what is our place in all of this? We still live just in the middle of times: already and not yet.

  • Jesus already has given everything to the world, but so many people do not know and do not care.
  • Jesus already has offered everything to me; why do I keep looking somewhere else?