Saturday 3rd Easter


A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer

Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit

from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End

 Masolino da Panicale: The Raising of Tabitha (detail)
Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence, 1424-25


Saturday of the Third Week of Easter:                  The Summons to Lead Resurrected Lives

Readings for Mass

First Reading: Acts 9:31-42
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Gospel: John 6:60-69


Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up (NRSV, Acts 9:40-41a).

Let us pray.

 

Father, because of the sin of the world and our own personal selfishness and sin, death often seems like the undoing of human life. Father, beginning from the womb, when, through the Word, you offer us life, even a share in your own divine life in the Spirit, you continue to call us to constant growth without end. Human life is an everlasting journey which does not end in death but only passes through death to further, perpetual growth in you.

The power that filled Jesus enabling him to pass through death in glory has also been offered to every one of us. Father, the raising of Lazarus by Jesus, the raising of Tabitha by Peter, are merely signs of the power and glory also available to us to share in the resurrection. In saying “yes” to your ever-offered gift of divine life may we even now, in this world, live resurrected lives.

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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