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Readings & Reflections: Thursday within the Octave of Easter & St. Conrad of Parzham, April 20,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday within the Octave of Easter & St. Conrad of Parzham, April 20,2017

When we, like the disciples in today’s Gospel, are “startled,” “terrified,” or “troubled,” what restores our peace? The humanity of Jesus Christ. The risen Lord says to the distressed disciples, “Look at my hands and my feet…. Touch me and see.” To prove that they are not “seeing a ghost,” Jesus takes the piece of baked fish given to him and eats it in front of the disciples. Jesus woos us away from our anxiety with the words, “Why do questions arise in your hearts?” For the pierced man who stands before us is our Answer. The repentance and conversion that Saint Peter preaches make it possible for God to “grant you times of refreshment and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus.” “All the holiness God has destined for our souls has been placed in the humanity of Christ, and it is from this source that we must draw” (Blessed Columba Marmion). Those who dare to look at his wounds an live as “witness of these things” hear the risen Christ say, “Peace be with you.”

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