STEP #1: LECTIO / READ
On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
“You who are children of Israel, hear these words.
Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God
with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
because it was impossible for him to be held by it.
For David says of him:
I saw the Lord ever before me,
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted;
my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.
My brothers, one can confidently say to you
about the patriarch David that he died and was buried,
and his tomb is in our midst to this day.
But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him
that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld
nor did his flesh see corruption.
God raised this Jesus;
of this we are all witnesses.
Exalted at the right hand of God,
he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit
that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.”
ACTS 2:14, 22-33
STEP #2 - MEDITATIO / MEDITATE
It is the day after Pentecost and Peter literally needs to go out and shout to all those that are there about Jesus. Gone is the scared man who denied Jesus while He was on trial. Peter is no longer hiding in a room while Jesus is being crucified. No, Peter is in the streets doing everything he can to tell everyone about Jesus.
What happened? What made Peter brave all of a sudden? Jesus rose from the dead. And that changed everything.
Our Lord, defeated death. They went head to head in the championship round and Jesus won. And it wasn't even close. “But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it.” Scripture tells us that It was impossible for death to win. Jesus’s victory over the grave is so complete.
And when Jesus beats death, what else do we have to fear? Nothing! Because with His Resurrection He has given us all the promise of eternal life.
This is a big deal. Yesterday, we celebrated Jesus’s resurrection. Today, we need to go tell everyone we can about it. That is what Peter is doing in today's reading. He is making sure everyone knows about Jesus and His victory. Why? Because it is the most important thing that has ever happened in the history of the world.
There's an urgency to Peter’s message. He wants everyone to know the events that they have been waiting generations for is here. That finally they have their Messiah. David knew He would come, and now Jesus is here.
Where is your urgency? Is it in telling everyone about the movie or video game that you've been waiting for? Is it in announcing your college plans? Is it in putting a photo on Snapchat? Or is it in spreading the Gospel?
Peter, didn’t have Snapchat or followers on Instagram, he literally had to shout the good news everywhere he went. Because this news meant that humanity was saved from their sins. This news meant that they had hope and the promise of something more. This news meant that Jesus, their best friend, wasn’t dead but that He would live forever. Sharing this news was the most important thing Peter would ever do in his life.
How often do you share the good news that nothing is impossible for God? How often do you share that Jesus defeated death? Do you run out into the streets to let everyone know? This news, is the most important thing you can tell someone. But do we rush to share it? Isn't this something everyone should know and believe? What are you doing to let others know that Jesus has risen?
Yesterday, we celebrated the Resurrection. Today, we have to share it.
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STEP #3 - ORATIO / PRAY
“But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it.”
Jesus, you are greater and stronger than all my fears. You are stronger than death. In dying for me you gave me new life. This news, the good news, should change how I live. Help me to share this news with the world.
STEP #4 - CONTEMPLATIO / CONTEMPLATE
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Jesus, your resurrection changed everything.
How does the resurrection change my life?
Who do I need to share your resurrection with?
Who will you go tell?
FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAY...
Try and share your faith and the news of the Resurrection with someone today.
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Prepared by Lisa Kendzior