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The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Acts 3:11-26; Ps 8:2AB and 5, 6-7, 8-9; Lk 24:35-48
Diary: 400, 417, 689

He stood in their midst. — Lk 24:36

Today's Gospel continues yesterday's reading about the two disciples on the way to Emmaus. While the two are still telling the disciples in Jerusalem about their encounter with the Risen Lord, He stands in their midst.

He's real. He's not a ghost. He has "flesh and bones" (Lk 24:39). He shows them His hands and feet. He says to them, "Peace be with you" (Lk 24:36). He asks for food, which He eats in front of them.

He has shown that it is truly Him, and that they should not fear. He explains the foundation of our faith and their new mission:

Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things (Lk 46-48).


The noun form of "witness" includes these definitions: an individual who, being present, personally sees or perceives a thing; a beholder, spectator, or eyewitness; a person or thing that affords evidence.

The disciples themselves are now witnesses! They are a sign of the truth of the Resurrection. It's their new mission and identity.

Prayer: Dear Merciful Savior, help me always and everywhere to witness to Your mercy.


Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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