Today's Scratchpad Reflection

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August 28, 2015

Friday in the 21st Week of the Church Year

by Daniel Thomas Op
Friday in the 21st Week of the Church Year Saint for the day: Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Scripture Readings for today's Liturgy: 1st Thessalonians 4:1-8 Psalm 97 Matthew 25:1-13 To the wise and foolish virgins Jesus said,: “…stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13) Some long time ago, we had a black cook who, when asked if the meal was ready, would always reply,… Read more...


The Resurrection of the Lord 

Saint for the day: St. Julie Billiart (1751-1816

 Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

Acts 10:34, 37-43

Psalm 118

Colossians 3:1-4

John 20:109

 I’m not writing this reflections for Easter Sunday at my regular 5 am African time. It was a busy night with the Easter Vigil and I found that - without my alarm set – that I stayed asleep until closer to 7 o’clock.

So now, we’re finished with our 10 o’clock Easter Parish Mass and only need to prepare for our gathering with the other local Dominicans for our dinner celebration of this Great, Holy Day. I’m still going at full speed and need to step back to assimilate all that has happened in these last three days of the Paschal Triduum. It’s hard to be totally spiritual when you are responsible for so much of the mechanics of the celebrations. Yet there is always need for someone to set things up. Even the apostles, needed to do some physical work to prepare the “the Lord’s Passover” celebration. Things like this don’t just drop out of the sky “ready made!” And still, we are called to “look beyond the bread you eat…” and seek ways to recognize The Resurrected Lord when we encounter Him along the Way.

I know that I must constantly catch myself when I’m like Martha and “busy about many things.” I need to hear Jesus say, “only one thing is necessary and [you] need to sit at the feet of Jesus and …listen to Him.” If we’re not listening to the Lord then there’s no point to our going to all the trouble putting together these “spiffy” liturgies if we have not heard him call us to himself. We need to meet the resurrected Jesus – most often not in a way that we are familiar with: Mary Magdalen didn’t recognize Him in the garden; the disciples on the road to Emmaus didn’t recognize him until He broke the bread in their presence. So, we need to “seek the Lord while He may be found” and He’s most often very close but our eyes are clouded and He most often doesn’t fit our image of what the Risen Lord Jesus should look like. Sit back. Take time to be with the Lord and don’t be surprised when He calls our your name from right behind you. Happy Easter! Enjoy it as fully as you can for these next seven weeks! Amen!

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