Brothers and Sisters in Christ, hear these words concerning Christ our Lord, from Jesus himself, according to the Gospel account of Luke:
“Then 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, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high'” (Luke 24:44-49 NRS).
Lord, hear our prayer:
By your power can we receive the divine wisdom necessary to understand the sacred texts.
Open the Scriptures to us once more,
So we may see with opened eyes the prophetic fulfillment we discover in Jesus.
Christ came down from heaven,
Incarnate in human form, full of grace and truth.
Forgive us when we have kept our mouths closed where we should have proclaimed.
Grant us grace when we hold ourselves back from declaring his mighty acts of salvation.
We are witnesses to your goodness, recipients of your grace.
Give us the words and the courage,
And we shall fulfill the words of our Lord,
Having received the power of the Holy Spirit,
We are the Body of Christ manifest.
Now may we manifest his love for all people.