Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
April 26th, 2011
Sue Crawford

Department of Political Science & Intl Studies
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Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
[262] Acts 2:36-41
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20+22
John 20:11-18

The readings right after Easter season show us different pictures of human chaos and confusion.  Over and over again some revelation about Jesus in the midst of this chaos and confusion transforms people.  The stories today fall into this familiar pattern.  In Acts many people are moved to repentance and a new identity after coming to a new understanding of Jesus after hearing Peter speak.   Mary Magdalene has messages from angels and a personal visit – but it takes Jesus calling her name for her to move from confusion to a new level of understanding, hope, and action. 

Still today, after years and years of learning and reflection collectively and individually, Jesus still reveals Himself in new ways to provide hope and meaning amidst chaos and confusion.  Jesuit spirituality stresses the new insights that come from entering into these stories through our imagination.  If we spend time with the story in Acts we may find ourselves “cut to the heart” in some new way.  We may see how we’ve been going with the crowd or staying in our comfort zone and need to repent.   We may feel empty in this post-Easter weekday and need to hear Jesus calling our name and be assured again that He is always with us. 

The verses in Acts and in John both remind us that Jesus reveals Himself and the Father through our sharing of our experiences with one another also.  The crowds were cut to the heart because Peter shared the message revealed to him about who Jesus was.  Jesus specifically instructs Mary Magdalene to go and tell the others what she has seen.  In the body of Christ graces from new insights are meant to be shared.  Consider how often a new insight comes from hearing or reading about reflections that others have shared.   We see the goodness of the Lord and His love for us as we see how He keeps revealing Himself to us and calling us to encourage and challenge one another.   Someone “waiting on the Lord” may be waiting now for hope or justice through words or actions of a transformed person who has just seen the Risen Lord.  Who is Jesus to us today?  How does our transformation and gratitude move us to action?    
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