Sunday, April 24, 2011

God's Message For You Today, April 24, 2011

Daily Bible Reflections
for April 24, 2011

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24 April
Sunday TODAY'S READINGS:

DIDACHE | COMPANION | SABBATH
DIDACHE

EASTER SUNDAY

what's your stone?

Mary of Magdala ... saw the stone removed from the tomb. – John 20:1

I thought my tummy ache was merely indigestion but when it got excruciating, I decided to go to the hospital. "Looks like you have a sizeable stone that fell into the bile duct. We have to remove it," my doctor said. "Then after a few days, we have to remove your gall bladder, too."
They explained to me that the procedure entailed inserting an endoscope through my mouth to the bottom of the bile duct where they would dislodge the stone. If they don't do that, the obstruction could cause jaundice and, at worst, poison my blood and cause death. I immediately asked family and friends to pray for my procedures. During the procedure, doctors didn't see the stone that appeared in the ultrasound to be blocking my bile duct. "It must have passed," they explained. I knew the Lord had something to do with it.
To date, I still have my gall bladder. I figured, if the Lord could remove the stone that blocked my bile duct, then He could remove the rest in my gall bladder. After all, He rolled the stone from His grave and conquered death forevermore!
What's your "stone"? This Easter, bring it to Jesus and let Him "roll the stone away." Rissa Singson-Kawpeng (justbreatherissa@gmail.com)
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REFLECTION:
Easter's victory is not just for eternity and beyond; it's for the here and now.

Thank You, Jesus, for conquering sin and death.

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COMPANION

1st READINGin one year

The fact of the resurrection and its effects are supposed to permeate our daily lives. Christianity is not merely a set of beliefs that those who desire to give it their assent. Christianity is first and foremost a way of life, and perhaps better, a call into relationship with God who is one of us. This call is open to all who want it, to all who believe that Jesus is the Son of God and has risen from the dead.

Acts 10:34, 37-43
34 Peter proceeded to speak and said: 37 You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses
of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and [in] Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. 40 This man God raised [on] the third day and granted that he be visible, 41 not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name."

P S A L M

Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
R: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. 2 Let the house of Israel say, "His mercy endures forever." (R) 16 "The right hand of the LORD has struck with power; the right hand of the LORD is exalted." 17 I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD. (R) 22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. (R)

2nd READING

St. Paul has experienced the power of the resurrection offered to us in his choice to embrace the Gospel. He does not have to deny his Jewish background in order to do this. All he has to do is live in accordance with the grace and message of the Gospel. None of us can deny our pasts, whatever they may be. All of us have sins in our pasts, which we must repent of and probably beliefs and practices that may not be consonant with the Gospel. We must leave these behind as we embrace the Gospel but this is not a denial of our past, just part of the process of choosing for the future, which is what we do no matter how we choose to live.

Colossians 3:1-4 (or 1Corinthians 5:6-8)
1 Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in
glory.

G O S P E L

As we reflect upon Mary Magdalene's encounter with the Risen Lord, it is important to realize that each of us is called to experience something similar to this through faith. I think back to my conversion experience (a conversion that shifted my faith from being a nominal part of my life to being an essential and living relationship with God). I remember it in terms of an encounter with the truth of the Gospel that ultimately led me into a personal relationship with a God I used to refer to in more abstract ways. God is real; the resurrection of Jesus is real; faith is not just an excuse that enables people to overcome fear of death, etc. Faith in God, His death
and resurrection, are essential to the full expression of our humanity and being. We have been created for a relationship with God; without this relationship we are on the path to … well, nothingness!

ALLELUIA
R: Alleluia, alleluia
Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed; let us then feast with joy in the Lord.
R: Alleluia, alleluia

John 20:1-9
1 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him." 3 So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; 5 he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. 6 When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, 7 and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. 8 Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

my reflections
t h i n k : We have been created for a relationship with God; without this relationship we are on the path to … well, nothingness!

 God's special verse/thought for me today________________
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T O D A Y ' S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for:____________________________________

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Chronicles 1-2

SABBATH PAUSE
My weekly time with God
THANK YOU LIST
Things to be grateful for from the past week
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SPECIAL NEEDS
Things to ask God for in the coming week
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HIDDEN TREASURE
Most important word God told me this week
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SABBATH

HE SAW AND BELIEVED

Could you imagine the utter shock that Mary experienced at finding the tomb empty? The first thing she does is to seek the leader of the apostles, Peter, and tell him this devastating news: They have taken Him away and we do not know where they had put Him. It was sad enough to see Him suffer and die on the cross, and then find Him missing from the tomb. The least they could do was go and prepare the body as a last act of loyal and faithful love to the One who meant so much to them. Now all hope is lost. Jesus is gone.
Notice in this narrative the beautiful primacy given to Peter? He is the first to be told about the missing Jesus. Then he is the first to see that the clothes are not there. The one who, only a few days ago, denied Jesus is at odds as to understand what he sees. The other disciple, on the other hand, went in and saw the clothes were not there. He saw and believed. The whole point of the Gospel of John is that seeing is believing. For that other disciple, no proof is needed of Jesus rising — to see was enough for him to believe. To see nothing was to believe everything. He saw and believed.
Such devastating news of the missing body turns out to be good news that shook the world in its foundations. Christ has risen! This is the greatest news ever told. Christ has risen. This is the greeting the Russian Orthodox exchange on this day of Easter. Christ has risen. He has truly risen! Fr. Brian Steele, MGL

Reflection Question:
How would you respond if you went to the empty tomb? Would you doubt or would you believe?

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever. Amen.

St. Sabas, pray for us.


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