Reflection for Thursday, April 21, 2022: Thursday in the Octave of Easter.

dc.contributor.authorMcClure, Scotten_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMcClure, Scotten_US IIen_US of Easteren_US
dc.description.abstract|What compels you? Not in the sense of doing x, y, or z and not in the vein of how you brush your teeth or whether you put on your left or right shoe first. What I mean is, what is the reason for how you live your life? Today's first reading picks up immediately after a crippled man at the temple gate has been cured at Peter's invocation of the name of Jesus. Encountering the disbelief of the crowd that has witnessed this, Peter invites those listening into the mystery of Jesus' resurrection. He invites them to repentance.|You see, the subsequent gospel passage from Luke recounts the disciples' encounter with the risen Jesus, their companion. Just as Jesus' ministry prior to his crucifixion and death had included real, material signs - physical healings that could be witnessed - Jesus allows his disciples to witness his resurrection in an equally material, physical way. Jesus says, Look...Touch me and see... And then, they witnessed him eat. This is no symbol. No metaphor. This is what Peter meant when he told the crowd, God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. Clearly, it is the resurrection of Jesus that compels Peter.|This Thursday in the Octave of Easter, can we claim the same as Peter? Is the resurrection of Jesus so strong a force in our lives so as to compel us? If not or if in doubt, do not despair. Thomas doubted, remember. Jesus even shared this human experience of doubt through his passion and death. Whether in doubt or belief, take heart that God meets us where we are - on whatever road or in whatever room of our lives. Jesus is risen! Rejoice!en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 264en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Acts 3:11-26en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 8:2ab+5, 6-7, 8-9en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 24:35-48en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, April 21, 2022: Thursday in the Octave of Easter.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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