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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 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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Reflection for Dec. 4, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

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"The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." (Mark 1:1)

With these words, which are really a Resurrection statement, Mark summarizes the whole Gospel that he writes.  We know this is a Resurrection statement because Mark refers to Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God.  Only after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost did the disciples understand that Jesus was truly the long-awaited Messiah and Lord.  Mark uses this declaration about Jesus at the beginning to indicate that everything that Jesus does in the Gospel will reveal Him as Messiah, climaxing in the final act, His death on the cross.  We need to read the Gospel of Mark, then, with "Resurrection eyeglasses."

In the rest of this Sunday's Gospel we hear the prophetic cry of the Advent season, "Prepare the way of the Lord."  It's not a matter of getting ready for Christmas; it's a matter of preparing for the birthing of Christ in today's world.  We can only do that by living in the desert as John the Baptist did, by spending time in solitude and silence, by focusing on the Word of God instead of all the material products that the culture sets before us, by allowing the mountains of self-seeking to be leveled and the valleys of complacency to be filled, by letting Jesus live and rise in us.  Then the Word of God can again take on flesh in us.  Then we can point a finger toward ourselves and say, "Here begins the good news of Jesus Christ."  People will have to read us with "Resurrection eyeglasses."

Reflection:

  1. How are you preparing the way for celebrating the birth of Jesus?
  2. In what ways is Jesus living and rising in you?

 

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