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April 17, 2007

For the Second Tuesday of Easter

John 3:7-15
Acts 4:32-37.

Today Christ says that:
the Son of man must be lifted up,
that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Christ was lifted up on the cross.
The power of the Spirit in Baptism sinks us into the death of Christ and lifts us into the resurrection of Christ.
Today the Book of the Acts of the Apostles reminds us that the resurrection of Christ was the focus of the preaching of the apostles.
With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord.

For over a week now we have kept our yearly festival of giving testimony to the death and resurrection of Christ.
Our daily celebration, offering, worship and reception of the Eucharist are a daily festival of giving testimony to the death and resurrection of Christ.
The Eucharist gives us the same Christ lifted up on the cross and risen up into glory from the tomb.
The Eucharist, then, always invites us to commit ourselves again to the vows of Baptism— Baptism into the cross and into the resurrection.
Each time we approach the Eucharist, we must re-commit ourselves to die to sin and to rise in holiness, otherwise we are simply desecrating Christ who in his Eucharist consecrates his entire self to us and to the Father.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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