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April 2, 2020

Daily Reflection for Thursday, April 2, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040220.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 17: 3-9
Responsorial: Psalm 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: John 8: 51-59

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death. (John 9:51)

My sister texted me last night, “we just hand an earthquake!”  I can hardly internalize the news of the day and fear takes over me.  I had a strong need to talk with her, to hear her voice, and for her to tell me she was safe.  I called her right away and after recalling her experience, she reassured me she was good.

Two weeks ago, I texted my brother who I haven’t heard from in a while.  I was just checking to make sure he and his family were safe.  He texted me back and said his wife was in the hospital with Covid-19.  My whole body felt a sadness and fear as the disease comes closer to my inner circle of relationships.  She is finally home after a few days in the hospital, yet they live in separate rooms as she continues to work through the symptoms and heal.

I received a note from a priest who works in the city I live in but his family is from Belize.  He explains that the people are fearful as there are only 10 ventilators in the whole country.

I think of these experiences as I struggle to write this reflection.  I cannot find the words to type on this paper.  I look for strength in today’s reading and I struggle to find it.  The passage that resonates with me today speaks of death. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.

I need to repeat the passage over and over again.  “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”  And as say it over and over again, I find myself in stillness.  Slowly hope returns.  Divine wisdom speaks to me that Jesus is not talking about death here.  He is saying that by his love for us and our love for him and God’s people, we will rise with the resurrected Christ and that death and darkness will not have the final word.

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death, is a passage of hope.  I was glad I could sit still enough to recognize it.

May you sit still enough to know that God is with you,
Margarita Solis Deal

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