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Luke 24: 36 — 49

Third Sunday of Easter     Year B

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36      9 While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their
          midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37      But they were startled and terrified and thought that they
           were seeing a ghost.

38      Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do
           questions arise in your hearts?

39      10 Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me
           and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as
           you can see I have.”

40      And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

41      While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
           he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”

42      They gave him a piece of baked fish;

43      he took it and ate it in front of them.

44      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 and in the prophets and psalms must
           be fulfilled.”

45      Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.

46      11 And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah
           would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day

47      and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be
          preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from
          Jerusalem.

48      You are witnesses of these things.

49      And (behold) I am sending the promise of my Father 12 upon
           you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power
           from on high.”

9 [36-43,44-49] The Gospel of Luke, like each of the other gospels (⇒ Matthew 28:16-20; ⇒ Mark 16:14-15; ⇒ John 20:19-23), focuses on an important appearance of Jesus to the Twelve in which they are commissioned for their future ministry. As in ⇒ Luke 24:6, ⇒ 12, so in ⇒ Luke 24:36, ⇒ 40 there are omissions in the Western text.

10 [39-42] The apologetic purpose of this story is evident in the concern with the physical details and the report that Jesus ate food.

11 [46] See the note on ⇒ Luke 24:26.

12 [49] The promise of my Father: i.e., the gift of the holy Spirit.

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