Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 20, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The Son of Man really knows our tendencies to question and doubt. Both
readings today are full of loving reassurances.
In the first reading, Peter reminds his followers that they are "the
children of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with their
ancestors." (Acts 3:25) The same can be said of us. We too are the
of the prophets, and the Good News has been passed on to us, to share
the next generation. We too can be used for miracles of a sort, if we
believe, if we have a deep faith.
The second reading is the beautiful, moving scene in which Christ
His disciples and dispels their doubts by showing them His wounded
feet. He asked the disciples why they were troubled and why they had
questions in their hearts. He then sits down and eats a piece of fish
they give to Him. Christ reassures them about His resurrection and
reinforces the teachings that He had given them in the past. This is a
loving, understanding Christ, not a person rehashing the crucifixion,
full of resentment about their running away from Him at a time of need.
Christ still appears to us with wounded hands and feet, in the form of
needy brothers and sisters in the world. He still asks us for something
eat. Are our hearts still troubled about this, and are we still full of
questions? Can we hear Him saying to us, "Peace be to you"?
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
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