Reflection for Thursday, April 28, 2016: 5th Week of Easter.

dc.contributor.authorSr. Candice Tucci O.S.F.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorTucci, Candice, O.S.F.en_US IIen_US 5en_US
dc.description.abstract"The whole assembly fell silent and listened."|Meetings, meetings, and more meetings! Councils, conclaves, conferences, conventions, and committees! Then there are summits, assemblies, reunions, and all kinds of ways we gather together for   learning, gathering information, and to make communal, congregational, ecclesial, organizational and even family decisions. Sometime, too, we meet to resolve differences, and to understand more deeply the movement of the Spirit in times of important matters to be addressed. So we can hope! Do we experience silence and truly listen?|This is where we find the setting of our first reading. The early church gathers to figure out what is happening as the Spirit has sent apostles and disciples to the ends of the earth to share the Good News. Now there is the matter of Jews and Greeks (Gentiles) forming the community of believers. "God, the Holy Spirit, made no distinction between them for by faith God purified their hearts." As Paul and Barnabas recall the words of the prophets and the saving grace of the Christ, Jesus, silence fell and the assembly listened. How important it is to discern and recognize the presence of the Spirit in the voices that speak. Perhaps the assembly remembers, too, the words of Jesus in the Gospel of today, to "remain in my love." This decision is the matter of the heart, love, faith, and of trust. No longer are they Gentile or Jew, but one in the Christ.  |Attending to the movements of the heart, and listening to the Spirit through prayer, is often referred to as discernment. We can experience this through individual or communal discernment processes. It is a path for clarity, a process to help make decisions, but most essentially, it is a way of living. It is a daily consciousness of being aware that the Spirit is alive and active within us, and in life.  All we need to do is to be attentive. To be silent and to listen!|I am a person who actually enjoys meetings.  I find them to be opportunities for creativity, exchange and reconciliation. I attend them knowing and trusting in the presence of the Spirit to guide and to enlighten.   So, if you are at a meeting and there seems to be an impasse…. STOP, PRAY AND LISTEN!|A prayer of discernment: Prayer Before the Crucifix, by St. Francis of Assisi|Most high and glorious God,|Enlighten the darkness of my (our) heart,|Give me (us) correct faith, certain hope and perfect charity.|Give me (us) insight and wisdom|So I (we) may always discern your holy and true command.|God's holy and true command? "Love one another!  Remain in my love!" We are told this so that     "God's joy may be in you and your joy might be complete." |May you enjoy your next meeting!en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 288en_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Nursingen_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 15:7-21en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 10en_US
dc.subject.local4John 15:9-11en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, April 28, 2016: 5th Week of Easter.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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