Today's Scratchpad Reflection

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September 05, 2015

Saturday in the 22nd Week of the Church Year

by Daniel Thomas Op
Saturday in the 22nd Week of the Church Year Today's Saint: Bl Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Scripture Readings for today's Liturgy: Colossians 1:21-23 Psalm 54 Luke 6:1-5 “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry?” (Luke 6:3) I love it when everything in the liturgy seems to fit together as well as it does for today. Even today’s Blessed, Teresa of… Read more...

 

Thursday in Easter Week

Saint for the day: St. Theresa of Los Andes (1900-1920)

Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

Acts 3:11-26

Psalm 8

Luke 24:35-48

These readings that we’re hearing in these days after Easter should give us encouragement since even those who walked and lived with Jesus had fears and questions concerning what it was all about. I didn’t count how many times Jesus said, “Have no fear. It is I” to those who were encountering Him after His resurrection. He also told them to “look at me and see that I am not a ghost.” All of us have fears of various kinds and we know that it’s fear of the unknown that prevents us from moving ahead. If out of fear we lock ourselves in our own personal ‘upper rooms’ we will never be able to meet the resurrected Jesus on the way! And even though Jesus miraculously comes to us he still says, “Do not cling to me.” Scripture tell us, “Fear of the Lord in the beginning of wisdom,” I think we have to think of that in terms of “awe” rather then common “fear.” And when Jesus tells us not to cling to Him He is reminding us that we can not just hold on to Him as some kind of “security blanket” but must be willing to go out and proclaim by the words and actions of our lives that Jesus is risen and goes before us to show the way.

Some of the “evangelicals” speak of “accepting Jesus as our personal savior and this promotes a false sense of what Jesus is all about. Accepting Jesus into our lives is meant to be the force that puts us back on the road and out to live fully the life that has been given to us. But we are not alone since we are also given the gift of the Holy Spirit – the creative force – that empowers us to be all that we are meant to be. And we have to remember that the Hoy Spirit Is given to us in order to build up the “body of the Church” and not for our own aggrandizement. It’s never just me and Jesus but me as part of something much larger than and grander than anything I could do by myself. We are the Church and that Church will only be a good as all the individuals put together.

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