SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Saturday April 21

“He said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you
while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.’
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them, ‘Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

You are witnesses of these things.’”

You, too, are, through the Scriptures, a witness to all that Jesus has done for you.

Reflect on times Jesus has helped you in any way in your life.

Carry your confidence and gratitude from those memories into your relationships today.

 

Heritage word—“How sensitive are you to those who are crushed under the weight of suffering and death?”

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Friday April 20

“While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’
They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.”

 

Notice what Jesus does to make himself more approachable.

What does that say about him and his relationship with people?

Allow Jesus to surprise you today by the simple way He comes into your life. He will! You need only to notice.

 

Heritage word—“Temporal blessing is also a mark of the love and fatherly goodness of God.”

(Sister Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday April 19

“Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.’
And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.”

 

Notice Jesus identifying himself by the wounds that the disciples would recognize.

Be aware of how compassionate Jesus was toward the confused and fearful disciples.

Carry with you the call to be compassionate with people today, regardless of their state of mind and heart.

 

Heritage word—“When was the last time you sat by the side of a lonely person, a social outcast, a burdened parent, a delinquent child, a seriously ill person in order to give him/her your total attention?”

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Wednesday April 18

“But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?”

What might have been most troubling to the two disciples?

Imagine if someone who has died were to show up again.

What question/s might you ask the person? In prayer, ask those questions of Jesus and pay attention to what He lets you know.

 

Heritage word—“May we be people of vision, of courage and of hope.”

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Tuesday April 17

 

“While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’”

Peace (shalom) = harmony in life, well-being, tranquil possession of good things, happiness, good health—Shalom is Jesus’s greeting to you, too.

Sit with the synonym of peace that touches your heart.

Share that peace with someone today.

 

Heritage word—“Let us wish one another the fullness of life, love and peace as we celebrate the great feast of Easter.”

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Monday April 16

“The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.”
“On the way” refers to the disciples’ journey to Emmaus after the Resurrection when Jesus approached them, though they thought he was an unenlightened stranger.

What would help you recognize Jesus in people who come into your life?

Try to recognize Jesus in people you speak with today.

Heritage word—“We must live a hidden life with our Lord, associate with Him in the solitude of our heart, and rejoice in His company.”

(Mother Mary Antonie, 4th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Third Sunday of Easter — April 15

Gospel of Luke 24:35-48

“The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost.

Then he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

 While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.’

 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, ‘Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.’”

Sunday

What one word from this passage touches your heart?

Stay with that word and let it speak to you.

What is God revealing to you through that word?

 

Heritage word—“Easter, the feast of our Christ victorious, is a feast of faith for us.”

(Sister Mary Anselm, 6th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

SATURDAY — April 14

“Jesus performed many other signs as well
—signs not recorded here—
in the presence of his disciples.
But these have been recorded to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah,
the Son of God, so that through this faith you may have life in his name.”


What goes on in you as you realize how much Jesus wants you to believe in him?

Talk with Jesus about that and listen to what he says or how he nudges your heart.

Go; be a source of hope for your brothers and sisters, especially those who are suffering spiritually, physically or emotionally.

 

Heritage word—“The flames of holiness must burn brightly in your hearts. Otherwise, how can you kindle it in the hearts of those who come after you?”

(Mother Mary Anna, 1st Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

FRIDAY — April 13

“A week later, the disciples were once more in the room, and this time Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came and stood before them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said; then, to Thomas: ‘Take your finger and examine my hands. Put your hand into my side. Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe!’

Thomas said in response, ‘My Lord and my God!’
Jesus then said to him: ‘You became a believer because you saw me.
Blest are they who have not seen and have believed.’”

Imagine yourself in a corner of the room
when Jesus invites Thomas to come and touch His wounds.

How willing would you have been to come forward?

What message is in this for you and Thomas?

 

Heritage word—“Peace is Christ’s Easter gift to us.”

(Sr. Mary Anselm, 6th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

THURSDAY — April 12

“It happened that one of the Twelve,
Thomas (the name means ‘Twin’),
was absent when Jesus came.

The other disciples kept telling him:
‘We have seen the Lord!’

His answer was,
‘I’ll never believe it
without probing the nail-prints in his hands,
without putting my finger in the nail-marks
and my hand into his side.’”

 
Is there a “doubting Thomas” in you?

What keeps you from really believing Jesus’ words or actions in your life?

Hold a crucifix in your hands and ponder what Jesus endured for love of YOU; then respond as your heart moves you.

 

Heritage word—“Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others.”

(Pope Francis, Lent 2015)

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