April 14, 2024     12:36 pm
141. Week of First Sunday after Easter - Sunday
As my Father has sent Me, even so I send you
          As my Father has sent Me, even so I send you.   John 20:21
          When the disciples came to rejoice at seeing the Lord in their midst, He repeated the words of greeting: "Peace be to you!" And then He said: "As my Father has sent Me, even so I send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit; whosesoever sins you remit, they are remitted to them; and whosesoever sins you retain, they are retained." - The Father had sent the Son to procure peace for mankind. This was accomplished now. The Father had also sent the Son to communicate this peace to mankind, to bestow peace upon us through the knowledge of Him, the Saviour. He had just done this for the frightened company of disciples. But He means to do this for all of us. Therefore He said to His disciples: "As my Father has sent Me, even so I send I you." Through the Word of Christ, the Crucified and Risen One, the disciples were to convey to their fellow-men the knowledge of Christ, and peace by this knowledge. For this reason He breathed on them and gave them the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit is the eternal personal breath of the Father and of the Son. And He is with the Word of Christ. Through the Word He kindles faith in Christ in the heart, and gives peace through this faith. This peace, however, is rooted in the forgiveness of sins. Therefore the disciples, by the Word of the Gospel, were to deliver to mankind the forgiveness of sins procured by Christ. And faith, worked through this Word by the Holy Spirit, was to have and possess this forgiveness. For whatsoever the disciples give by means of the Word, God Himself gives through it. But whoever would reject their gift, his sins the disciples were to retain. And whatsoever thus they would retain, God Himself would retain - This office and command the Saviour gave to His assembled disciples on Easter evening, not to the Apostles only, but to all the disciples assembled there, both men and women. This office and command the Saviour gives to His disciples of all times, not only to the called and ordained teachers and preachers, but to all disciples, both men and women. This office and command He also gives to you, Christian. Note this well!
          PRAYER: - I thank You, my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, sole Bringer of peace, that through Your Word, which is preached by the Church, You have bestowed peace upon me also. Grant that I may know Your gracious will and my calling, and be most eagerly intent upon conveying this peace and the forgiveness of sins to others, too. For this purpose grant me Your Holy Spirit and abundance of grace. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
April 14, 2024     12:36 pm