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PRAYER / Lenten Reflection 2005

Easter Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Acts relates a story of the healing power of Jesus’ name; the psalm exhorts us: "Glory in God’s holy name." The gospel account depicts Jesus’ drawing out the despair of two disciples traveling to Emmaus. Once they have voiced their disillusionment with Jesus he begins to teach them. They in turn invite him to stay for supper, and he in turn, blessing and breaking bread, opens their eyes. Here is a method for dialogue with Jesus. We can tell him our aches and disappointments; he teaches us too; we ask him to stay; he gives an even deeper revelation of himself. Moral: don’t hide your uncomfortable feelings from Jesus.

For prayer today you might want to say the name, Jesus, every time your mind drifts from his loving gaze at you. Or you might want to dig up old disillusionments and failures to entrust to him for healing. Ask the Spirit to bring to mind those unhealed parts of yourself and ask Jesus to stay with them.

Holy Spirit, help us to accept ourselves just as we are. And to accept others without judging their motives. Let Jesus’ powerful name heal our selves and our world.

Contributor: Sister Rea McDonnell

Last updated: Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 4:50 PM

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