April 20, 2017 –Thursday within the Octave of Easter
Alleluia! This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (24:35-48)
The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”
Reflect: Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Jesus appears in the midst of the disciples and says, “Peace be with you.” He understood that their hearts were troubled and that, even though they accompanied him, heard his preaching and knew the scriptures that had been handed down to them, to see him alive was nearly incomprehensible. Jesus reassures them. He invites them to see his hands and feet, and he even asks for something to eat. Jesus meets his disciples where they are. He treats us the same. Jesus doesn’t disown us because we, at times, become troubled or that questions about him arise in our hearts. He is ever-present, saying to us, “Peace be with you.” Jesus invites us to turn over our troubled hearts to him without reserve and to trust that he has won and will continue to win a victory for us. What Jesus has won for us and what he continues to do for us cannot be matched by any human power. Jesus lives; he reigns! So why should we stay troubled? He doesn’t want anything to hold us back or hinder us from knowing his peace.
Questions: What might be the troubles or questions that I hold on to and refuse to turn over to Jesus? Can I pause to pray to invite Jesus to calm my fears and to fill my heart and every aspect of my being with his peace? Can I imagine Jesus asking me for something to eat and then sitting down to talk to me about my life – just him and me?
Pray: Loving God, help me to find in you my peace, my hope and my salvation. Show me how to trust you and to walk boldly in proclaiming your presence and your victory over sin and death with my life. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.
O chosen people, proclaim the mighty works of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light, alleluia!
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