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dc.contributor.authorGillick, Larry, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 45en_US
dc.description.abstractWith this liturgy, Easter Week ends, but the resurrection continues. We are praying these days for the 'peace' which Jesus rose to share. This 'peace' is given so that we too might live lives of sharing ourselves as graces. Individuals war between themselves and among themselves, usually, because they are not at peace with themselves. Perhaps nations do the same thing.|PRE-PRAYERING|We pray that we receive such resurrection graces that we are peacefully in union with Jesus, and through him with our sisters and brothers. The word 'community' literally means 'with-gifts' and the unity for which we pray, comes from our first being gifted by God's creation of us and redemptive finding of us, even when we are hiding. We pray then to be found, given a new spirit, and bidden to extend his gift of grace tot others. We pray to see ourselves in his light and face the darkness of the unknown into which he sends the church.|REFLECTION|Early in my Jesuit formation we were all given a book of daily meditations; one for each day of the year. It was very well arranged so that the person praying was told what to think, feel and then do. Every morning we made the same meditation as everyone else and presumably made the same resolutions.|The resolve for our praying on the text which is our Gospel for this liturgy was not to imitate Thomas, who was not around when Jesus appeared to the disciples. So the real resolution was that we would never miss a community exercise such as recreation, communal prayer, and especially meals. I report that I have been quite faithful to this last one in particular.|The spirit of our readings today actually begins in the Book of Genesis. Adam and Eve are pictured as sharing a communal relationship with God who has shared all creation with them as a grand gift. When they forget that all is a gift and that they are to reverence the love and will of the Giver, they are banished, isolated, and self-absorbed. God comes looking for them and they are hiding and afraid. They are in confusion.|Much time is spent by Luke in narrating the events of Jesus' birth and early life. In the Book of Acts, from which our First Reading comes, Luke spends much time on the birth and early life of the Christian Community. The Apostles and fellow believers are gathered together per usual. Non believers are not joining them yet, but join in high praise of their miraculous deeds. They are extending the teachings and healings of Jesus together.|Those who did believe brought the sick and disturbed out into the streets so that when Peter would pass that way they would be healed by even his shadow falling on them. Faith as well as human needs can bring people to the experience of God's care. The early Church advanced in wisdom and grace before God and those who were touched.|John's Gospel is a familiar one, chiefly because of Thomas the Doubter who has to see and touch in order to believe. This is a true theme of how Jon pictures the life of Jesus. Jesus has come to touch and be touched, to be seen through his signs and works. Thomas was not the only doubter and Jesus came to them in their hiding places. Thomas just did not believe in what he had heard from them about what they had seen.|There is more than 'doubting Thomas' to consider today. Jesus comes walking into their 'Adam-and-Eve liked' hiding. They are alienated from each other, ashamed, and they seem not to know what they are to do next. Jesus comes with peace, unity, and mission. He offers a truce, an end to hostilities among themselves, within themselves individually, and between them and the world. They are offered 'peace, forgiveness, in which they are to forgive themselves as they have been forgiven by God. Instead of being banished, as were Adam and Eve, they are 'sent' as Jesus was sent to them. They now know what they are to do next, get out of their dumptster, get off their pity-pots and get on with his mission of ending inner-personal and inter-personal wars.|With Easter comes the renewal of our baptisms and the renewal of our knowing who we are and what we are to do next. We have entered joyfully the compassionate community, who is so, because we have entered his compassionate finding of us individually. Besides entering the community centered around Jesus, we even more are entered into his having been sent and the sent, who comprise the church. Our resolve then is not to miss any exercise of that 'sentness' in Christ. As he went about doing good works, signs and the making of peace, so are we. The joy of Easter is the joy of Thomas and the other doubters who no longer had to hide, were allowed to hide, but given a 'new creation' a new identity which fit much better than their old ones.|To whom are we sent today, tomorrow and so on? We are meant and sent to continue the recovery of the realization that all things are gifts and not forget to whom they all belong. What Jesus rose to do, he does to each of us; he gives us back ourselves with his risen fingerprints all over us. What we do is live gratefully, generously and never miss a meal where we can share more than food.|"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting." Psalm 118en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherDivine Mercy Sundayen_US
dc.titleReflection for Sunday, April 18, 2004: Divine Mercy Sunday.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitDeglman Center for Ignatian Spiritualityen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGillick, Lawrence D., S.J.en_US 2en_US
dc.subject.local1Acts 5:12-16en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24en_US
dc.subject.local3Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19en_US
dc.subject.local4John 20:19-31en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Cen_US

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