Daily Reflection for Tuesday, May 03, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Cor 15:1-8
Responsorial: Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
Gospel: John 14:6-14
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12
Belief and trust in Jesus is challenging, especially during difficult and trying times. I typically want to have a tangible sense that Jesus is with me at these times. Occasionally, Jesus gives me a sign. My experience on Good Friday was one of those signs. We are now in the third week of Eastertide since we celebrated Holy Week and observed the Triduum three weeks ago. I am sharing this for the first time because this experience reaffirms our Gospel message.
I have mixed emotions about experiencing the Passion of the Lord. It is a reminder of Jesus’ love for us but also the horror of His agony and death. Although we read the Passion on Palm Sunday, it is on Good Friday that the story hits me in the heart and overwhelms my emotions. Movies like Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ amplify these emotions.
On Good Friday, after the Communion service, we don Copes and carry the body of Christ to a remote Tabernacle. As we were processing up the aisle, I had a flash vision of our Crucified Lord in my arms while carrying the Ciborium. The message was that I was holding the broken body of Jesus Christ. The announcement was clear Jesus is here now in my arms. Although I was in tears, I felt peace, and I was surprised by the thought that Jesus was not heavy.
Jesus told us that he is going to the Father and promises to answer our prayers if we pray in His name. He is still clearly with us if we have faith.
May you feel the joy of our risen Christ thought this easter Season.
Peace and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea