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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 29, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 4:13-21
Psalm 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21
Mark 16:9-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The liturgical selections for this day help us to realize that there is no time to waste in proclaiming the Good News. It is consoling to bask in the aura of Easter Sunday, but there is much work to be done in building up the kingdom of God.

The Gospel of Mark (16:9-15) shares how the eleven apostles did not believe those who told them of Christ's resurrection. They were together, reclining at table when Christ appeared to them and rebuked them for their "unbelief and hardness of heart." We can only imagine the mixed feelings they might have experienced: fear at seeing the risen Christ, fear that He would realize their lack of belief, joy over the fact that He was with them again, surprise that He would see them there together again in their perplexed frame of mind. How would we feel if we were to see Christ in such a situation and then be rebuked by Him?

Christ knew these men intimately and how they overcame whatever was holding them back from their missionary obligations. We hear in the First Reading about the success and motivation of Peter and John. (Acts 4:13-21) The same opportunities await us as individuals and members of the Church. Christ will set us free from that which holds us back if we only turn to Him and ask. In this way we can truly carry forth the message of Easter!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
email: jmurphy(at)utica(dot)edu

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