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April 23, 2017:
Second Sunday of Easter
What is tangible evidence today of the Presence of the risen Lord? The other readings give us ample, concrete clues: in the first reading, we encounter the risen Lord in the breaking of the the bread; in the psalm, in the mercy, everlasting love, and help of God, and in the new birth, living hope, imperishable inheritance, safeguard of God's protection during times of trial, and rejoicing (second reading). How is all this tangible? The reading from Acts presents a picture of a community living its belief in the risen Jesus: "All who beliueved were together and had all things in common." In our communal life, Jesus is present! We encounter the risen Christ in each other. We encounter the risen Christ in the mutual self-giving of our everyday caring and loving.
Thomas was first challenged to believe without tangible evidence. We have tangible evidence of Christ's risen Presence in the self-giving of each other. Like Thomas, we look, and see, and say, "My Lord and my God!"
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April 30, 2017:
Third Sunday of Easter
Clearly, today's Gospel has eucharistic overtones; the Emmaus disciples engaged with Jesus through the word of Scripture and recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread. This raises two challenges for us. First, that our own attention is so riveted on the risen One during liturgy that we, too, recognize Him in Word and sacrament. Sencond, that our vision is so expanded that we recognize Jesus not only in the Eucharist, but also in the Body of Christ. Our daily reaching out to others is our daily walk with the risen Jesus. Do we recognize him in the need and in the dignity of others?
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