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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Third Sunday of Easter (B)
Gospel text (Lk 24:35-48): ... While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself..."

He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them: …You are witnesses of these things.”

Christ’s resurrection, basis of the Christian message

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the Apostles are witnesses of a reality that completely transformed them: Jesus —as stated in the Sacred Scriptures— has been raised. The Christian faith stands or falls with the truth of the testimony that Christ is risen from the dead. "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith", says St. Paul (1Cor 15:14).

If this were taken away, it would still be possible to piece together from the Christian tradition a series of interesting ideas about God and men, about man’s being and his obligations, a kind of religious world view: but the Christian faith itself would be dead. On the other hand, whether Jesus merely was or whether he also is, this depends on the Resurrection. In answering yes or no to this question, we are taking a stand not simply on one event among others, but on the figure of Jesus as such.

—In Your resurrection, O Jesus, we have reached a new possibility of becoming men and a new future for mankind.