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Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19
Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9
1John 2:1-5A
Luke 24: 35-48
The Great Redactor of Life lovingly waits as to what we will write in OUR book of
How often have we heard the phrase, ˈA new chapter in lifeˎˉ? Its meaning will
depend on where we are in life: going to college, loss of a job, marriage, divorce,
lost of faith, having children, illness, return to church, retirement, or death of a
loved one. The number of possible ˈchaptersˉ is endless. However, all books
must have an endingˎ
After the death and resurrection of Christ, Peter began a ˈnew chapterˉ in his holy
mission. Read Acts Chapter 3. This is a different Peter. Close your eyes and
imagine yourself in the crowd. His words of truth pierce the heart:
ˈYou denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that murderer be re-
leased to you.
The author of life you put to deathˎNow I know, brothers, that you acted
out ignoranceˎ
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.ˉ
Imagine Peter making direct eye contact with you. What do you feel?
Every second, of everyday, is an opportunity to begin a ˈnew chapterˉ.
Where are you in your book of life?
Similar to Peter, John (the Evangelist) began a ˈnew chapterˉ of relentless minis-
try. We see a ministry of compassion, grace, and love. Imagine John holding your
hand. You are looking into his old and tired eyes. Eyes that saw the glory of
Christ, he speaks to you:
ˈMy (your name), I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father.