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Much like a devotional, these short meditations and Catholic reflections are based on each day's scripture readings or the Saint of the day.
Scripture reflections help us in our prayer life. They help us to listen to God's Word and to better understand the readings.
Taking a moment in peace and quiet, dedicating the moment to God, reflecting on the readings of the day - all can bring us to a more intimate relationship with God.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Resurrection of the Lord
"Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed." - John 20:8
He saw and believed.
The beloved disciple was the only disciple that did not run away when Jesus was arrested. He stood at the foot of the cross and watched Jesus die.
And then, on that first Easter morning, he saw an empty tomb and believed.
One day, many years ago, I was so depressed that I could hardly get out of bed. I sat in my living room chair for most of the day, barely able to move. I felt like I was at the bottom of a dark pit.
And then I started reading the psalms.
Suddenly I realized that God was not far away, waiting for me to get my act together. God was right there in the pit with me, holding me through it. He had not left me and I knew then, that he never would. The depression lifted, right at that moment. The darkness went away. God had not abandoned me.
Do we believe when we see an empty tomb? When we see the emptiness of our days? When our world seems dark?
Do we see Jesus in that emptiness, in that darkness? Do we believe that He has not abandoned us?
The beloved disciple did not know the rest of the story. He did not know about resurrection and ascension. And yet, in that dark moment, when he thought Jesus was dead forever, he saw the empty tomb.
Jesus, I love you. I praise you and I thank you for dying to save us. Help me to bear all things for love of you. Open my eyes so I see your presence in all things, even the dark and empty tombs of my life. Amen.
Monday, April 21
Monday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 2:14, 22-33; Matthew 28:8-15
Jesus tells Mary Magdalene to not be afraid. What fears keep me from sharing my love of Jesus with others?
Lord, the pressures of this world frequently keep me from sharing my love of you with others. Help me to have the courage to always speak up strongly when the opportunity presents itself. Never let me shy away from announcing my great love of you.
Tuesday, April 22
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 2:36-41; John 20:11-18
Do I recognize Jesus in other people?
Lord, frequently I fail to see you in others because of my habit of judging others. Help me to always see you in all those around me. Grant me to insight to look past the surface and see you in others. You come to me everyday and there are times I do not recognize you.
Wednesday, April 23
Wednesday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 3:1-10; Luke 24:13-35
When have I failed to recognize Jesus in those who travel this world with me?
Lord, I do not always see you in others. Help me to have a greater insight regarding see your presence in my neighbors. Grant me the wisdom to see you and to treat others as I would you.
Thursday, April 24
Thursday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 3:11-26; Luke 24:35-48
The disciples present were greatly troubled at the presence of Jesus. When in my life have I been greatly troubled because of the presence of Jesus?
Lord, I know you are always with me, present to be my helper toward salvation. Sometimes the thought of your presence troubled me because I have great problems dealing with your constant presence. Help me to better understand that you are with me as my helper, not as my judge.
Friday, April 25
Friday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 4:1-12; John 21:1-14
Where might Jesus be hidden within my daily labors?
Lord, I know you are everywhere, but there are times I get so caught up in my own chores that I fail to see your presence. Help me to better understand that you are present in all that I do. Never let me forget that you see and understand everything I do.
Saturday, April 26
Saturday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 4:13-21; Mark 16:9-15
Jesus tells his disciples (and us) to go into the whole world and preach the Gospel. Have I followed His command?
Lord, others don’t understand and make fun of me for my belief. Help me to always proclaim your Gospel in words and actions. Grant me the courage to always step forward to proclaim the wonder you are in my life.
Monday through Saturday Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
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