Daily Reflection
April 12th, 2007

Tom Purcell

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Thursday in the Octave of Easter
Acts 3:11-26
Psalm 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9
Luke 24:35-48

A reflection technique that I recently rediscovered is to slowly read the passages I am using and underlining key words and phrases that strike me as I read. I then return a second time and read the selected passages, underlining in a different color the word or phrase that most moves me for further reflection. After applying this technique to today’s readings, I was left with the following:

• Crippled man
• Faith in his name . . . has given him perfect health
• Sins may be wiped away
• What is man that you [God] should be mindful of him
• Rule over the works of your [God’s] hands
• Why do questions arise
• Touch me and see

Today these readings seem to say to me:

We all are crippled by our sinfulness, by our inattentiveness to the trust that God has given us to rule over the works of God’s hands as responsible stewards. It may amaze us that God has given us this trust, we who are so insignificant compared to God, but we in fact have received this responsibility. Our sinfulness though has been atoned by Jesus, and through faith in Him and His message and example, our sins will be wiped away. It is hard to believe in His resurrection, and so questions arise, and arose even among those who viewed His resurrected presence personally. Jesus invites us to have faith by touching and seeing Him. To those who lived with Him, this touching and seeing was much easier than it is for us separated from Him by 2,000 years. We must find Jesus in the world with which we have been entrusted. By responding to the call to be good stewards of all God’s works as Jesus would do, we manifest faith in His name and our crippledness will be made into perfect health.

My prayer today is for the strength to keep searching for Jesus in the world about me and to respond to that world as I think He would.

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