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April 12, 2022

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this linkClick here.

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6
Responsorial: Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17
Gospel: John 13:21-33, 36-38

Our reflection for Tuesday's readings:
It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.    John 13:26

I struggled with this reflection for today. And I am not entirely sure why. This Gospel is one of those readings that is visually welcoming for me. I can really picture the scene of Jesus sitting down with his apostles sharing a meal. A dimly lit room with the glow of oil lamps on the table. There are bowls of different kinds of fruits, nuts, and dates being passed around.  And perhaps maybe some wine being shared as well. It is all too real for me.

And maybe that is why I struggled with it today. Because it is all too real. I can really sense the emotion and fear in the room. Those must have been high. I also can’t help but imagine how many morsels I might have been handed if I was sitting at that table. I struggle with the reality of facing what is real and must ask myself: how many times have I denied Christ? Not something that any of us wants to face.

Today in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Chrism Mass is celebrated. The Archbishop, along with all the priests in the Archdiocese, gather to bless the oils that will be used sacramentally at our parishes throughout the year. It is also the moment in which all the priests renew their commitment not only to the Archbishop; they also renew their fidelity to Jesus Christ.

Perhaps today, like our priests, we too should remind ourselves to renew our own commitment and faithfulness to Christ and the Church. Let’s pray for each other.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,
Tim Bush


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