Reflection for Thursday, April 30, 2020: 3rd Week of Easter.

dc.contributor.authorMorse, Edwarden_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMorse, Edward A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-22T20:54:22Z
dc.date.available2020-04-22T20:54:22Z
dc.date.cycleYear IIen_US
dc.date.day30en_US
dc.date.daynameThursdayen_US
dc.date.issued2020-04-30en_US
dc.date.monthAprilen_US
dc.date.seasonEasteren_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 3en_US
dc.date.year2020en_US
dc.description.abstract|Today's readings begin with the story of the Ethiopian eunuch.  We never learn his name, but what an interesting fellow he must have been!|Instead of worshipping the gods of his own country and people, he journeyed to Jerusalem to worship God.  As a eunuch, a condition likely thrust upon him so that he could serve the queen, ancient law considered him tainted and restricted his participation in the people of God. See Deuteronomy 23:1. He came to worship God anyway.|On the way back home, he is reading Isaiah on a scroll.  He must have been learned to read this text, likely not in his own language.  He reads as he moves along, with only the sounds of horses' hoofs and chariot wheels crunching the dry ground.  Perhaps he appreciated the opportunity for quiet reflection, away from palace meetings and distractions.  He may sit in a chariot seat instead of a car or airplane seat, but he resembles us after all (albeit without ear buds, iPad, etc.)  I am liking him more already. |He was not only pious and learned, he was also curious.  He was reading Isaiah chapter 53, which contains the suffering servant narrative.  Just a few verses later, Isaiah also writes:|The foreigner joined to the LORD should not say, "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people"; Nor should the eunuch say, "See, I am a dry tree." For thus says the LORD:  To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose what pleases me, and who hold fast to my covenant, I will give them, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; an eternal name, which shall not be cut off, will I give them. (Is. 56:3-5). |As a foreigner and a eunuch, this passage of grace, love, and hope must have also spoken to his heart, preparing him to wonder how these things might be accomplished. Unbeknownst to him, the prophesy of the suffering servant, which he was then pondering, provides the key. A divine appointment with Philip would soon reward his curiosity with understanding.|This story beautifully illustrates the saying that "opportunity favors a prepared mind".  Philip's presence nearby and the Holy Spirit's prompting came at a time when this man was open to Philip's words.  After baptism, he went on his way rejoicing – and I guess that Philip did too!  |At this time, we are ordinarily welcoming catechumens and candidates who have been joined to the church at Easter.  Perhaps they will identify with this story and share in a sense of wonder, as they share a similar experience of being drawn into a new relationship accompanied by revealed truth.  All who are called to a relationship with Christ can share in that wonder.  We have sensed that God is patiently drawing us toward a future and hope that is rooted in His Son Jesus Christ, who is the bread of life we read about in today's gospel.|Are we prepared to recognize the divine appointments happening all around us?  God is calling us to journey with him.  Preparation and curiosity are needed, as well as patience and endurance.  Let us journey on and be taught by God as we go on our way rejoicing.  Thanks be to God.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 276en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/126650
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.program.unitBusiness Lawen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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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 8:26-40en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 66:8-9, 16-17, 20en_US
dc.subject.local4John 6:44-51en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, April 30, 2020: 3rd Week of Easter.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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