Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 19 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 John 5:1-6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Most people are happy that Lent is over and the Alleluias are back!
We have celebrated the central event of Jesus' life, the Resurrection. It's as though we've attended a magnificent drama in which our hero, Jesus, has triumphed . . . the curtain has come down, and we can go home now!
But wait, come back! The drama isn't over yet, for the risen Jesus is still on the world stage to play out over and over again the preaching of the Good News of salvation, His rejection by the power people, His enduring ridicule and rejection, the brutal attacks of those who reject His teaching, His cruel death, and glorious rising.
It's been going on for two thousand years -- and those of us who have been baptized through water and the Spirit are on stage with Him. We have been thus committed to His service, and transformed into a communion with His Body and His Blood. We are His Church, living out the Paschal Mystery.
We're still living out the doubts of Peter and, yes, doubting Thomas. How embarrassed Peter must have been when Jesus passed through that locked door, looked him in the eye, and said, "Peace be with you!" Did Peter's doubts vanish then, or did it take a second appearance of Jesus in today's Gospel? How ashamed Thomas must have been when Jesus turned to him and told him to place his hand into His side, and feel the wound there, ". . . and be not unbelieving, but believing." Then Thomas fell to his knees with relief and joy, and exclaimed, "My Lord and my God!".
How are we to act in this drama? The first reading shows us how the early Church did it. They shared all that they possessed. Their first priority was to take care of widows and orphans, and then all who were in need. So it's impractical! How close to the ideal do we come?
As we pray and work during these after-days of Easter, we must call on the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts with courage and love, to continue the drama that Jesus wrote for us.
So, we must not go home now that Lent is over. We're the ones on stage now! Easter shows us how our journey must begin anew . . . and how it will all end.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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