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April 18, 2022

Daily Reflection for Monday, April 18, 2022

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 2:14,22-33
Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2a and 5,7-8,9-10,11
Gospel: Matthew 28:8-15

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Matthew 28:9

My father-in-law was a preacher in an evangelical sect.  He was a man who loved the Lord and loved bringing others to the Lord.  When he was dying from colon cancer, I went to the hospital to visit him one evening.  My sister-in-law was sitting at his bedside with an open Bible.  She asked him if he would like her to read something and although he was unable to really speak much at that point, he nodded and smiled.  She read from Isaiah 52:7, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”  She gently told him that this passage always reminded her of him and that she wondered if he had any idea how many people he had saved by being the one with the beautiful feet who brought them the Good News.  It was the first time I ever wanted to start reading the Bible to find the words that could bring such comfort in that moment.

When I read today’s reading, I wondered about the significance of Mary Magdalene embracing Jesus’ feet to do him homage.  I had always been perplexed by another version of this scene in John 20:17 when Jesus tells Mary Magdalene, “Don’t hold on to me!” when she encounters her Risen Lord and falls to the ground to cling to his feet and worship him.  It seemed cruel and so unlike Jesus.  But here he is allowing her touch -- for a moment.   Then he gives her a commission, “Do not be afraid.  Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee.”   Go tell them the good news, Mary!  You can’t stay here trying to keep it for yourself alone.  Run Mary!  Be the beautiful feet of a disciple of Jesus carrying the Good News to the whole world.  This is not a secret one can hoard; it must be shared.

If Mary had not been willing to let go of his feet and run forth on her own two feet, would Peter have been on the steps of the temple, yelling for everyone to hear, that Jesus had risen?  If Jesus had allowed his disciples to remain clinging to his physical presence, how could he ascend to the Father to pour forth his Spirit that would embolden these early evangelists?

Lord, set my feet on the path of life and let me lead others to the fullness of joy in your presence.

Kathy Cohenour


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