March 31, 2016

Easter Thurs

March 31, 2016:  Thursday, Easter Octave

  • 'Angel' pin:  "You made people little less than the angels..." (psalm)
  • 'Crown' tie bar:  "...and crowned them with glory and honor,..." (psalm)
  • 'Feet' pin:  "...putting all things under their feet,..." (psalm)
  • 'Sheep' tie bar"  "all sheep, beasts, fish..." (psalm)
  • 'Wheat' pin:  Jesus' disciples recognized him in the breaking of the bread (gospel)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  “Peace be with you.” (gospel)
  • '?' tie pin:  "Why do questions arise in your hearts?"
  • 'Skeleton' tie pin:  "A ghost doesn't have flesh and bones as you see I have." (gospel)
  • 'Hand' tie pin, 'feet' pin:  "Look at my hands and feet" (gospel)
  • 'Fishes' tie: "They gave him a piece of fish" (gospel)
  • White shirt and socks:  color of day and season


  • See yesterday for good "Emmaus tunes" (beginning of gospel)
  • Acts 3:11-26  Peter at Solomon's Portico after cripple's healing:  “Why are you amazed, and why do you look at us as if we cured him?  God glorified Jesus; you killed him, but God raised him.  Faith in Jesus cured the man.  God fulfilled the prophecies that his Christ would suffer.  Repent and be converted so your sins may be wiped away and God may send you Jesus, and in your offspring all shall be blessed.”
  • Ps 8:2ab, 5-9  "O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!"  You've crowned him and given him dominion over created things.
  • Lk 24:35-48  They recounted how they recognized Jesus in the breaking of bread.  Jesus came:  “Peace!” but they thought him a ghost.  “Look at my hands and feet, and touch me; a ghost has no flesh or bones.”  They were joyful and amazed.  “Have you anything to eat?”  They gave him fish, and he ate it.  “I told you everything about me in the law, prophets, and psalms must be fulfilled....  It is written the Christ would suffer and rise, and that repentance would be preached to all.  You're witnesses.”
    • Creighton:  People were amazed at the cripple's healing, but Peter put it into context so they see God at work.  In the gospel, the disciples were startled, but their fear turned to joy.  Jesus helped them open their minds to the truth, helping them find meaning in what they already knew and experienced.  Jesus was helping them to solve a mystery....
      The appearance of Christ at the Cenacle/ Tissot
    • One Bread, One Body:  "The prophet prophesied":  In the early Church, many believed in the risen Christ because of the prophetic power of Jesus and his followers. Their words burned their hearers' hearts.  Because so many came to have faith in the risen Christ through prophecy, the Church believed she was founded on the prophets.  On Pentecost, a prophecy about prophecy came true as people received the gift of prophecy.  May we receive God's prophetic word through Scripture, spiritual reading, homilies, and personal encounter with Jesus the Prophet....
    • Passionist:  The Gospel begins with how Jesus revealed himself to people through the "breaking of the bread."  Even when they thought all was lost, it was sharing in the brokenness that allowed them to see God’s work in their life.  And the Apostles lived that faith as they cured the sick.  There's always new life if only we live the examples given to us–to share honestly and authentically, to share our struggles and hopes.  If we get out of God's way, he'll have room to work miracles.  How am I in the way of God’s miracles?...  [Thanks, Paul Puccinelli, Director of Liturgy & Music at our St. Rita]
    •  "Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures":  We can be like the apostles, not believing unless we see with our own eyes.  Jesus assures his disciples he's not a ghost, showing them the marks of his crucifixion, eating, and explaining how the Scriptures foretold his rising.
    "As he showed them real hands and a real side, he ate with his disciples, walked with Cleophas, conversed with men, reclined at supper, with real hands broke and offered bread...  Don't put the Lord's power on the level of magic tricks, so he may appear to have been what he wasn't, and may be thought to have eaten without teeth, walked without feet, broken bread without hands, spoken without a tongue, and showed a side that had no ribs" (Jerome, Letter to Pammachius against John of Jerusalem 34).
    The gospel doesn't end with the cross:  Through the cross Jesus defeated our enemies and won pardon for our sins, opening heaven to us.  The cross led to life, victory, power to overcome everything that would stand in the way of God's love and truth.  As the first disciples were commissioned to proclaim the good news, so are we called to be witnesses of the resurrection....

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