Prayer Reflections

Easter HeartA pediatric nurse, before listening to the children's chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up in amazement. But she never got a response to equal that of six-year-old Molly's.

She tucked the sleek stethoscope in her ears and placed the smooth disk over her heart. "Listen," she said, "What do you suppose that is?" Molly drew her eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the drum beat of the strange lub-dub, lub-dub deep within her chest. Then her freckled face broke out in a marvelous, gap tooth smile. "Is that Jesus?"

This Easter season, having just celebrated the Holiest of Weeks with its beautiful images and faith rituals: waving palms, recalling institution of the Eucharist, washing feet, Way of the Cross, kissing the crucifix, lighting new fire, blessing the water, Baptisms, renewing the promises, and more...we embrace Paschal Mystery. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…" John 3:16

Easter faith offers us the experiences of Magdalene in the garden, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and the apostles out fishing. Make time this Easter Season to listen, figuratively speaking, to the rhythm of your own heartbeat. With springtime freshness, sing out Alleluia in praise and thanksgiving for the miracle of Easter Resurrection and be prepared to see and hear Jesus everywhere in a living, personal presence.

HAPPY EASTER SEASON!

Reflection:

  • What is one of my favorite rituals of Holy Week? Why do I say that?
  • As an associate or member of a religious congregation, how do our charisms call me to be and to recognize in others a personal Christ presence?
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