Thursday, April 16, 2015
Yesterday, today, forever: Jesus'
resurrection is part of God's loving plan
by Sister Mary Kabat
Alleluia! The celebration of Easter continues, and we
joyfully hear the stories of Easter proclaimed week by week.
Do you have a favorite -- Jesus with Mary Magdalene in the garden,
Jesus with the apostles in the locked upper room, or Jesus walking
with the disciples to Emmaus?
The Scripture readings this Sunday of Easter remind us that the
story of Easter is a definitive moment in God's great plan of
salvation. Peter's words from the Acts of the Apostles remind
us that our God is "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God
of Jacob, and the God of our fathers." (Acts 3:13) In the
Gospel, Jesus comforts and opens the minds of the disciples by
explaining "that everything written about me in the Law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." (Luke
As you reflect on the Easter stories, hear the fulfillment of
salvation history in the Resurrection of Jesus and the unfolding of
the resurrected life to this moment in our personal and communal
salvation story. Rejoice in God's plan of love that has been,
that is ongoing to this moment of time and look forward to one day
sharing fully in the resurrected life and fullness of God's
Thursday, April 9, 2015
When all hope appears to be gone, Jesus
by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
The setting for today's Gospel is the evening of the first day
of the week when the disciples (though not all) were
together in a locked room. Jesus has been put to death. Why
isn't Thomas with them? Do you wonder what he was doing? What was
he thinking? Whatever pushed him to be out "searching" in the
darkness of evening for "something"?
Jesus enters the locked room and stands in their midst. He
didn't knock to get their attention, he merely appears. What would
that have felt like to be there that evening? Jesus comes and
stands in the circle of their fear and wishes them peace.
Today is the second Sunday for us to celebrate the "EASTER"
event, we practice becoming brave to move out from behind our own
locked doors to celebrate the fact that Jesus is ALIVE! We are
surrounded by the love and mercy of God in the person and gift of
Jesus. Through Jesus' wounds we are healed and made whole -- a
miracle in time.
Jesus comes to visit us in our "Thomas" moments of questioning
and searching. In each Eucharistic moment, may we find the courage
and grace to utter with Thomas: "My Lord and My God."
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Proclaim Alleluiah with 'great-fulness' this
by Sister Rose Marie Buscemi
Resurrection means ... the Breaking of Bread, sharing Christ's
life and learning to love one another.
Resurrection is ... God's gift of nature, the singing of birds,
the smell of green grass and colored flowers -- with warm sunshine
chasing the chill.
Resurrection means ... forgiveness and the ability to say, "I am
Resurrection is .. the joy of laughing children searching for
colored eggs, Easter baskets and family get-togethers.
Resurrection is ... God's love in friendships, a feeling of
togetherness and laughter shared.
Resurrection is ... that time to remember God has called each of
us by name.
Easter, the greatest Feast of all feasts, is a time to give
thanks and praise to God, for the glory of Christ's Resurrection.
With "great-fulness" for the gifts He has bestowed upon us, we say,
"Thank you, God!"
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Alleluia! Jesus the Christ is risen!
by Sister Mary Kabat
We have made the journey of Lent and completed the Easter
Triduum. Now we join all the faithful in celebrating the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the opening prayer at Mass we
hear, "Jesus has conquered death and unlocked for us the path to
eternity." It is truly an Alleluia day!
As you hear and reflect on the Gospel story this Easter, with
whom do you identify?
- Mary of Magdala who goes at dawn with a heavy heart to be close
to a deceased loved one only to be confused by the message of the
- Peter and John who remember Jesus' words and run in hope of
seeing if Mary's news is true.
- The disciples locked in the upper room and locked by fear about
their future, and need the appearance of the risen Jesus to
transform their grief.
All became believers in the resurrection and proclaimers of
Jesus the Christ. We pray that you may know the comfort and joy,
the peace and life-changing blessing of Easter, and that you will
share the paschal mystery of death and life with all you meet along
the journey of life.
This is the day the Lord had
made. Let us rejoice and be glad! -- Ps 118