Acts 10:34 & 37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9 (Year A)
‘They killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen. Now we are those witnesses, we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead, and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people.”
Peter’s address to Cornelius encapsulated the vitality of the Easter Proclamation. Christ had died and was truly Risen. Jesus, anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power for his earthly ministry, had been raised with that same power to touch every believer in every time and every place.
Peter had spoken of the experience of the first witnesses to the Resurrection. Now, in the conversion of Cornelius, a Roman outsider, the power of Christ’s Resurrection began to reach beyond the confines of Israel.
With those first witnesses, we are ordered to proclaim Christ’s Resurrection. For we too, with them, have eaten and drunk with the Lord after his Resurrection. We do this every time we celebrate the Eucharist, proclaiming his real and enduring presence in our midst.
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