Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
April 23rd, 2011
Elizabeth Furlong

School of Nursing
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Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

The Easter Vigil Readings

Today is rich with Readings.  As I move into the celebration of Easter Sunday tomorrow, I am going to list the reactions I had to some of the Readings.

 Reading 1 -  I interpreted the message as—‘Be in awe of creation.’

Reading 2  -  This Reading continues to baffle me as an adult with a different spiritual formation than that of my childhood, as a nurse, as a health provider and as a grandmother.  On a parallel note, a freshman nursing student I teach this semester had an assignment last week in her Sociology Class.  She was to ask 10 people how they defined family and what the purpose of family was.  I was one of the 10 people she asked.  I gave her one answer of how I was socialized and educated in my early years to ‘understand’ family.  My definition of family was also strongly defined by what I personally experienced.  The second definition that I gave her was the understanding I now have, almost seven decades later, after a life of formal education, global travel, increased knowledge and reflection.

I know how this Reading 2 has been explained from the pulpit and in some writing over the decades.  There are other ways of ‘framing’ the message in this Reading.  I remain baffled.

Reading 3 – The bafflement continues with this Reading when and if there is smugness taken in the deaths of ‘the other’ or if there is ascription of a belief of a God who favors one population over another.  I remind myself that this is taken from the Old Testament and that what we celebrate tomorrow is about different spiritual traits.  I regret that I no longer have the citation for the following quote (these are not my original words) – “…Jesus gave its members a new way of life to live.  He gave them a new way to deal with offenders-by forgiving them.  He gave them a new way to deal with violence-by suffering….He gave them a new pattern of relationships between man and woman, …between master and slave…” (Source and date unknown).

Reading 4 – I interpret this as a consoling Reading, i.e., one will never be left alone.

Gospel – Some bafflement remains (the recognition of women then and now).  I have just finished reading Gregory Boyle, S.J.’s book, Tattoos on the Heart, and am re-inspired to stand in solidarity with the marginalized as the journey toward the Easter we all want awaits us in the future.

Easter Saturday – a reflective compendium of many Readings.

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