Category: Message of the Day

HEART-BURN

“Were not our hearts burning inside us?” —Luke 24:32 Jesus spent the afternoon of the day of His Resurrection walking and talking with two of His disciples. “He interpreted for them every passage of Scripture which referred to Him” (Lk 24:27). As Jesus taught His disciples the Scriptures, their hearts began to burn within them (Lk 24:32). This sensation indicated that their hearts were being purified. Thus, Jesus spent the afternoon of His resurrection day purifying hearts through teaching the Bible (see Eph 5:26). If we let Jesus purify our hearts, our words become powerful, healing, and life-changing, for we...

ROOTS

“It was to you and your children that the promise was made, and to all those still far off whom the Lord our God calls.” —Acts 2:39 On the third day of Easter, the Lord brings to our attention the birthday of the Church. At the first Christian Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out, three thousand people were baptized, and the Church was born (see Acts 2:41). Peter mentions at the beginning of his discourse that “it is only nine in the morning.” After one-hundred and twenty people received the Holy Spirit, Peter preached the Good News of Jesus’...

ROAD WARRIOR

The women “hurried away from the tomb half-overjoyed, half-fearful, and ran to carry the good news to His disciples. Suddenly, without warning, Jesus stood before them and said, ‘Peace!’ ” —Matthew 28:8-9 The women who came to Jesus’ tomb on the first day of the week did not meet Jesus at the tomb but on the road. He told them to tell His brothers to travel the road to meet Him in Galilee (Mt 28:10). That first afternoon after His Resurrection Jesus Himself met two disciples on the road and journeyed with them for about seven miles (Lk 24:13ff). The...

BAPTIZED INTO THE RISEN CHRIST

“Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. If we have been united with Him through likeness to His death, so shall we be through a like resurrection.” —Romans 6:4-5 Alleluia! Jesus is risen! “Death has no more power over Him” or over us (Rm 6:9). Alleluia forever! We are “raised up in company with Christ” (Col 3:1) and begin to live a risen life by being baptized into Christ and thereby into His death...

BURIED ALIVE

“Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life.” —Romans 6:4 For those who read this book faithfully and try to go to Mass often, today is a very strange day. We have centered our lives on Jesus in the Eucharist. We live to receive Him; we live because we have received Him. Jesus said: “Let Me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,...

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