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On this third week of Easter we continue with the third installment of our homiletic series which we are calling “Invited into Eternity”.
The basic point of this series is that ever since the creation of the first human beings, the Father has been doing everything He can do to coax us into a positive response to His invitation for us to spend eternity with Him; to enjoy a life of the very best kind. As we know, He went so far as to sending His only son to die for us so that the gates of Heaven could be unlocked for us. And that is what He does: He coaxes, He lures us, He entices us; He woos us.
The readings for today bear this out very well. In the first reading, St. Peter speaks to the people about their terrible sin of cooperating in the death of Jesus, but instead of condemning them, he urges them to repent and be converted so that their sins might be wiped away. In the second reading, St. Paul says that if we sin, Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father. In our Gospel, Jesus Himself appears in the flesh to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus so that He might invite them to life with Him and the Father. He opened their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures and invited them to life of the very best kind. He told them, “You are witnesses of these things.” That’s what eternal life with God is all about: witnessing to Him and being incredulous for sheer joy in doing so.
No matter what we are doing, no matter who we are, no matter where we are, we are being invited into eternity by the Father; to accept is to begin living, at that very moment, a life of the very best kind.
- Rev. Joseph Maloney, Pastor