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August 29, 2015

Beheading of John the Baptist

by Daniel Thomas Op
Saturday in the 21st Week of the Church Year Today’s Feast: Martyrdom of John the Baptist. Scripture Readings for today's Liturgy: 1st Thessalonians 4:9-11 Psalm 98 Mark 6:17-29 "Blessed are those who are persucuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 5:10) On this Memorial of the Beheading of John the Baptist the Church takes the first reading from the… Read more...

 

Easter Monday

Saint for the day: St. Casilda (c 11th century)

Scriptures for today's liturgy:

Acts 2:14, 22-23

Psalm 16

Matthew 28:8-15

 The familiar saying, “…you can’t see the trees for the forest” might easily fit to these days of the Resurrection since we will hear over and over again Gospel accounts of those who were closest to Jesus during his lifetime – not recognizing him when they encounter him in various situations. A helpful note for us might be the reoccurring fact that most of His appearances happened when they were on the way. Mary Magdalen – on the way to tell the disciples that the tomb is empty, presumes that someone has taken the body of Jesus. She encounters Him on the way. And even when she sees Him she doesn’t recognize Him and thinks He is the gardener.

The two disciples –on the way to Emmaus don’t recognize Him until He breaks bread and explains the scriptures that apply to Himself. “I am… the truth(explaining the Scared Scriptures) and the Life. – the Bread of Life, the Eucharist.

Peter and John come to believe just by seeing the burial cloths folded up nicely in the place where they had placed the dead body of Jesus. This should have been a clear indication to them that Jesus was not going to be recognized using their memory of what He looked like in life. If we apply all these interesting connections to our own lives we might more easily compare ourselves to Thomas who is most familiar to us as the doubting Thomas: “unless I see with my own eyes and hands…”

So, it should be obvious that any encounter with the Resurrected Jesus is going to require our ability to “see” with the eyes of faith. And still, like Thomas, we will probably have to say, “Lord, I believe … help my unbelief!”

On our journey through life – both physical and spiritual – we need to meditate on these three “qualities” that Jesus proclaimed: “I am the WAY, the Truth and the Life!

Whenever we get discouraged or down we need to see where we are. Are we on the way? Or have we taking a detour into self-indulgence or some other fault that prevents us from seeking – and living – the truth? And, are we honestly participating in the life of Jesus by frequent participation in the Eucharist? Something to think about on this Monday in the Octave of Easter. And, in case you didn’t’ get it right today: we have seven weeks to work on this! Amen!

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