Tagged: Daily Reflections

ROAD WARRIOR

The women “hurried away from the tomb half-overjoyed, half-fearful, and ran to carry the good news to His disciples. Suddenly, without warning, Jesus stood before them and said, ‘Peace!’ ” —Matthew 28:8-9 The women who came to Jesus’ tomb on the first day of the week did not meet Jesus at the tomb but on the road. He told them to tell His brothers to travel the road to meet Him in Galilee (Mt 28:10). That first afternoon after His Resurrection Jesus Himself met two disciples on the road and journeyed with them for about seven miles (Lk 24:13ff). The...

BAPTIZED INTO THE RISEN CHRIST

“Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. If we have been united with Him through likeness to His death, so shall we be through a like resurrection.” —Romans 6:4-5 Alleluia! Jesus is risen! “Death has no more power over Him” or over us (Rm 6:9). Alleluia forever! We are “raised up in company with Christ” (Col 3:1) and begin to live a risen life by being baptized into Christ and thereby into His death...

BURIED ALIVE

“Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life.” —Romans 6:4 For those who read this book faithfully and try to go to Mass often, today is a very strange day. We have centered our lives on Jesus in the Eucharist. We live to receive Him; we live because we have received Him. Jesus said: “Let Me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,...

DYING TO BE LOVED

“He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity.” —Isaiah 53:3 Pontius Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent (Jn 18:38; 19:4, 6) so he justly sought to release Jesus. Nevertheless, Pilate wanted the Jewish leaders to agree to Jesus’ release. Perhaps Pilate thought that people sometimes have a human tendency to respond to others’ sufferings by lessening or changing their hatred and opposition to them. So Pilate unjustly had Jesus brutally scourged and then “Pilate went out a second time and said to the crowd: ‘Observe what I do. I am going to bring Him...

THE LIFE-STOPPING GIFT

“This is My body, which is for you.” —1 Corinthians 11:24 The Eucharist is the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. The Eucharist is not only a gift from God, but the Gift Who is God. Therefore, the Eucharist is the greatest of all gifts. How are we to respond when God gives us His Body and Blood? The right response to the greatest Gift is communion (see Ps 116:12ff), that is, the sharing of covenanted, unconditional love. Therefore, when Jesus gave us His Body and Blood, He presented us not only with the greatest Gift but also...

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