Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 6, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The messages of today's readings are quite direct and come to us at an
appropriate time, while we are still basking in the light and joy from
Easter! Yes, Christ has Risen and we do find joy, hope, and consolation from
that reality.The first reading, which involves the apostles being set free
from prison by an angel, reminds us of our responsibilities as Christians.
During the Easter liturgy we were given the opportunity to renew our
baptismal promises. By our own baptism we benefit from the redemptive powers
of Christ and become followers of Christ. Just as the apostles, freed from
their prison cell by an angel, were directed to go into the temple and
teach, we too have ways in which we are to spread the message of Christ.
Each of us, through our individual vocations, are challenged to serve by
example and word.
Great spiritual writers such as St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross direct
us on handling consolations. The Easter season can be one-sided, where we
bask in the scent of lilies and incense. Let us also remember that it took
Good Friday to reach Easter and not let the spilling of Christ's blood be in
vain. Others are waiting for us to tell them about the message of Easter!
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
Lives of the saints:
Wendsday of the Second Week of Easter
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