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April 7, 2020

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040720.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6
Responsorial: Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4A, 5AB-6AB, 15 AND 17
Gospel: John 13:21-33, 36-38

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.    Isaiah 49:6

Today is Tuesday of Holy Week, and my heart is aching. I will not be receiving the Holy Oils to take to the hospital because there will be no Chrism Mass. The Triduum will be a video stream, and the Baptisms, Confirmations, and First Holy Communions planned for Easter Vigil will have to wait until this Coronavirus subsides.

With all public activities canceled and stay at home orders, this is even more reason to focus on scripture and prayer.

The Holy Spirit flows through the Word when we read scripture.  Often there is a sense of peace that fills my heart, but understanding usually does not come in the first reading. Often it takes a second or third or fourth reading to gain understanding. So it was with my first reading of Isaiah 49.  In the first pass, assuming that the writer was referring to himself, the audacity startled me. The second reading convinced me that there was much more to be gleaned from this prophecy. After a few more readings, I started to hear the voice of Jesus, both his human doubt and His Divine Glory speaking of the Body of Christ.

This passage proclaims Jesus to all. Yes, Jesus the Light of the World and salvation of all, appointed the fulfillment of His work to the Church led by Peter--the same Peter who would deny him three times. Now it is our time to be holy and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel and fulfill verse 6: “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

It is Holy Week--are we a light to the nations? How are we making this week holy? 

Peace,
Deacon John McShea

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