St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B (19 Apr 2015)

The reach of our acts

"Peter said: Israelites, you handed over Jesus and then disowned Him in the presence of Pilate after Pilate had decided to release him. It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One. Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing."

Here it is all about scope, reach of our acts. They, killing Jesus, were not just committing a criminal but they were attacking, killing a man who was and is God. But they did not know it. Christ on the cross said: "Father, forgive them because they don't know what they are doing."

Let us put it in positive terms. Do we know what we are doing when we do our job in a proper way? Or when we clean the kitchen? Or when we bear with patience the defects of someone?

The scope, the reach out of our acts, is the participation in the salvation of the world. You, doing your job, are partaker in the salvific deeds of God!

The Church, the sacraments, our friendship, our active membership in the life of the community, reactivates, reconnects, reawakens, nourishes our insertion in Christ, in His redemption, in His life and His work.

Being together in His name, taking care of our sound way to be together, we are reminded of the scope, the reach, the true dimension of our life. With Christ our sins, what I fail to do is an offence to God and an obstacle to others in their journey. With you, Jesus, my life is vocation, my job collaboration with the creator of the world, my small success witness of your presence. Our friendship is not just consolation or leisure, but anticipation of heaven.