Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 8, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Easter has come suddenly, with a burst of light!
Now we know that Jesus stands by His promises!sat In a flash, Christ has changed the Messianic secret into the fullness of Paschal Mystery! Our journey through the struggles of Lent and the pain of Holy Week is over. With malicious sacrilege, evil has done its worst to the sacred body of God's Son. With Mary and John, we saw Him die. We wept with them at the tomb. Then, before dawn on Sunday, Christ broke through the rock, shattered the power of sin, and according to tradition, appeared first to His Mother, then to the women and the apostles.
As we listen to the first reading, we experience one of Peter's very first sermons. The curious bystanders were astounded at the change in this man. He comes fresh from the fiery tongues of Pentecost, still in shock at the dream he had on the way to Cornelius' house. Nothing anymore was to be considered unclean. So he is free to preach to Gentiles the Good News of God's forgiveness. Peter and the others are commanded to baptize any who believe in the Christ. Thus the word spreads through the whole countryside and beyond. Resurrection is the hope of every living person. No wonder they preached with such courage and enthusiasm!
They preached about a God who cared first for people who were poor and powerless, a God whose love governed all His relationships. And He taught us not only to believe in justice, but to act justly.
The Scripture readings during these fifty days between Easter and Pentecost are among the most exciting in the Church year. We give over to "Alleluias" and the joyful shout of "Christ has Risen" this Sunday, and then settle in for a new time of reflection on our own program for resurrection in these very troubled times. After all, it is our mission to bring new life to a confused world. If we don't do it, who will?
As we begin a new journey this week, our Easter journey, it would be good for us to reflect on what we have learned from our various Lenten study groups. Maybe we could include our new friends into a coffee klatch flavored with prayer, if we're not already involved in one. As followers of the Risen Christ, the time has come for more of us to turn our Savior's resurrection into a personal renewal that will influence the social and political sphere of our beloved nation.
Our legislators need help from believers in forming their own consciences to act justly for the common good. The first Easter changed the ancient world, and Easter 2007 could do much through us to change our own troubled world. We need to continue what Lent has done for our understanding and love for the teachings and plans for action of our Church. We have so much to do as hope-filled Easter Catholics. These are critical times, and we must not fall back into laziness or complacency now that Lent has ended. Easter has just begun!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
Sunday, April 8, 2007
The Resurrection of the Lord
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