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PRAYER / Lenten Reflection 2005

Easter Thursday, March 31, 2005

Luke is teaching Christology in today’s sermon by Peter: "God may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration...." It will take 400 some years before we have a "definition" of who the Christ is, and here is the first understanding: Jesus will become Messiah (Christos in Greek) in the fullness of time (a term of good news to counteract the fear of so many of the end of the world). Fear begins on Easter night when Jesus appears to the Eleven and the rest of the company. So Jesus’ first words to them, "Peace be with you." Then he opened their minds to understand scripture. Who are the companions who heard this teaching? Luke finishes his gospel in Chapter 24 and begins Acts of the Apostles where the Twelve and 120 others, including Mary the Mother, are gathered in the upper room. What has theology to do with prayer? The monks at Qumran who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls taught that to study scripture is to worship. Jesus said to know God is to experience eternal life. The only reason Luke or any one today theologizes is to know God and then to communicate God.

What aspects of theology nourish your prayer? Are there doctrines which you ponder in your heart? Ask the Spirit to open your ears to hear Jesus teaching you.

Thank you, Jesus, for your teaching, and for your peace which the world cannot give. Make us instruments of your peace, and let us foster peace in some way today.

Contributor: Sister Rea McDonnell

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

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