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Sunday Reflection for April 26, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12 Peter falls under suspicion when a lame man begins to walk again. Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 Our confidence is misplaced in principalities and powers. Only God is our rock. 1 John 3:1-2 The world doesn’t “get” the church, any more than it got the revelation of Jesus. John 10:11-18 Jesus hints that his flock is bigger than anyone yet suspects.
Most of us tune out stories we’ve heard repeatedly. If an old friend says, “Did I ever tell you about the time . . . ?” we may inwardly groan, knowing quite well how long this recitation will last. We change the channel if tonight’s movie is one that’s aired too many times. We beg off if a child wants us to read that favorite book for the umpteenth time. Bible stories may impact us this way: too familiar to engage with full attention. As a lectionary-based church with fixed readings for every Sunday of the year, we don’t have the option of changing the channel. ...
FEAST OF ANSELM, BISHOP, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH; EASTER WEEKDAY
Growing old with grace
Ask most Catholics who were the big thinkers in church history, and two names come easily to mind: Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. Most theologians add a third name without hesitation: Anselm. A great defender of the faith through reason, Anselm had a high estimation of the human mind’s capacity to discover God. And the older the mind, the better: “As the flesh fails, the soul advances; out of the body’s infirmity springs the soul’s health.” Got time on your hands in retirement? Seek wisdom through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today's readings:Acts 7:51-8:1a; John 6:30-35 (274).
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger.”
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