Weekly Reflections

Reflection for April 19, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yesterday, today, forever: Jesus' resurrection is part of God's loving plan

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by Sister Mary Kabat

Alleluia!  The celebration of Easter continues, and we joyfully hear the stories of Easter proclaimed week by week.  Do you have a favorite -- Jesus with Mary Magdalene in the garden, Jesus with the apostles in the locked upper room, or Jesus walking with the disciples to Emmaus?

The Scripture readings this Sunday of Easter remind us that the story of Easter is a definitive moment in God's great plan of salvation.  Peter's words from the Acts of the Apostles remind us that our God is "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, and the God of our fathers." (Acts 3:13)  In the Gospel, Jesus comforts and opens the minds of the disciples by explaining "that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." (Luke 24:44)

As you reflect on the Easter stories, hear the fulfillment of salvation history in the Resurrection of Jesus and the unfolding of the resurrected life to this moment in our personal and communal salvation story.  Rejoice in God's plan of love that has been, that is ongoing to this moment of time and look forward to one day sharing fully in the resurrected life and fullness of God's love.

 

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Reflection for April 12, 2015

Thursday, April 09, 2015

When all hope appears to be gone, Jesus proves otherwise

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by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

The setting for today's Gospel is the evening of the first day of the week when the disciples (though not all) were together in a locked room. Jesus has been put to death. Why isn't Thomas with them? Do you wonder what he was doing? What was he thinking? Whatever pushed him to be out "searching" in the darkness of evening for "something"?

Jesus enters the locked room and stands in their midst. He didn't knock to get their attention, he merely appears. What would that have felt like to be there that evening?  Jesus comes and stands in the circle of their fear and wishes them peace.

Today is the second Sunday for us to celebrate the "EASTER" event, we practice becoming brave to move out from behind our own locked doors to celebrate the fact that Jesus is ALIVE! We are surrounded by the love and mercy of God in the person and gift of Jesus. Through Jesus' wounds we are healed and made whole -- a miracle in time.

Jesus comes to visit us in our "Thomas" moments of questioning and searching. In each Eucharistic moment, may we find the courage and grace to utter with Thomas: "My Lord and My God."

 

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Reflection for April 5, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Proclaim Alleluiah with 'great-fulness' this Easter

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by Sister Rose Marie Buscemi

Resurrection means ... the Breaking of Bread, sharing Christ's life and learning to love one another.

Resurrection is ... God's gift of nature, the singing of birds, the smell of green grass and colored flowers -- with warm sunshine chasing the chill.

Resurrection means ... forgiveness and the ability to say, "I am sorry.'

Resurrection is .. the joy of laughing children searching for colored eggs, Easter baskets and family get-togethers.

Resurrection is ... God's love in friendships, a feeling of togetherness and laughter shared.

Resurrection is ... that time to remember God has called each of us by name.

Easter, the greatest Feast of all feasts, is a time to give thanks and praise to God, for the glory of Christ's Resurrection. With "great-fulness" for the gifts He has bestowed upon us, we say, "Thank you, God!"

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Reflection for April 20, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Alleluia! Jesus the Christ is risen!

by Sister Mary Kabat

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We have made the journey of Lent and completed the Easter Triduum. Now we join all the faithful in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the opening prayer at Mass we hear, "Jesus has conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity." It is truly an Alleluia day!

As you hear and reflect on the Gospel story this Easter, with whom do you identify?

  • Mary of Magdala who goes at dawn with a heavy heart to be close to a deceased loved one only to be confused by the message of the angel.
  • Peter and John who remember Jesus' words and run in hope of seeing if Mary's news is true.
  • The disciples locked in the upper room and locked by fear about their future, and need the appearance of the risen Jesus to transform their grief.

All became believers in the resurrection and proclaimers of Jesus the Christ. We pray that you may know the comfort and joy, the peace and life-changing blessing of Easter, and that you will share the paschal mystery of death and life with all you meet along the journey of life.

This is the day the Lord had made.  Let us rejoice and be glad! -- Ps 118

 

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