Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus appeared alive again to his followers. Upon seeing him, “they were startled and terrified.” They are terrified because the one they abandoned and betrayed and left for dead is back—undoubtedly for revenge!

Luke’s risen Jesus does two things in the presence of his shocked followers. The first thing is that he shows them his wounds. This move is a reiteration of the judgment of the cross: don’t forget, he tells them, what the world did when the Author of life appeared.

But he does something else; he says, “Shalom”—“Peace be with you.” In this, he opens up a new spiritual world and thereby becomes our Savior. From ancient creation myths to the Rambo and Dirty Harry movies, the principle is the same: order, destroyed through violence, is restored through a righteous exercise of greater violence.

And then there is Jesus. The terrible disorder of the cross (the killing of the Son of God) is addressed not through an explosion of divine vengeance but through a radiation of divine love. When Christ confronts those who contributed to his death, he speaks words not of retribution but of reconciliation and compassion.

Gospel Reflections

Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Barron

Easter Octave

Thursday

April 21

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Wednesday

April 20

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Tuesday

April 19

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Monday

April 18

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Sunday

April 17

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Easter

Holy Week

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April 16

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Holy Saturday

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April 15

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Good Friday

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April 14

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Holy Thursday

Wednesday

April 13

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Tuesday

April 12

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Monday

April 11

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April 10

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Palm Sunday

5th week of Lent

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April 9

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April 8

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Thursday

April 7

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April 6

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April 5

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April 4

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April 3

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4th week of Lent

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April 2

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Friday

April 1

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Thursday

March 31

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March 30

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Tuesday

March 29

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March 28

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March 27

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3rd week of Lent

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March 26

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March 25

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Annunciation

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March 24

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March 23

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March 22

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March 21

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March 20

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2nd week of Lent

Saturday

March 19

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St. Joseph

Friday

March 18

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Thursday

March 17

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March 16

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Tuesday

March 15

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Monday

March 14

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March 13

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1st week of Lent

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March 12

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Friday

March 11

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Thursday

March 10

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Wednesday

March 9

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Tuesday

March 8

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Monday

March 7

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March 6

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Week of Ash Wednesday

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March 5

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