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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
12/26/2011 1:46 pm
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|Feast of St. John the Apostle
| John 20: 1a, 2-8
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him." So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.
Today's prayer intention - for the conversion of those who have fallen away from the Church.
The glory of God is something that can all experience.
We can see His glory in the colors of the sunset. We can hear His majesty in the violent crashing of the waves. We can smell His goodness in the fragrance of tropical flowers ...
In all those experiences we can come to know goodness ... we can come to know beauty. In our senses, we can experience goodness and beauty. One of the most awesome sights of recent memory was being in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome for the Chrism Mass. For more than 20 minutes, priests processed in one after the other, and then for another 5 minutes bishops and cardinals processed in prior to Pope Benedict XVI. To look all around you and see the majesty of such a grand basilica and to see the amount of men who have said yes to call of Christ.
Yet, without the eyes of faith, we cannot the appreciate the yes of those priest, bishops and even the Pope. Without the eyes of faith we cannot thank God for the intimacy of a sweet smelling flower or the grandness of the vast ocean. Without faith, are we willing to accept that all this beauty is by accident?
It is with faith that we come before an empty tomb. While we can experience the glory of God through our senses, we can come to KNOW the glory of God through faith.
As St. John the Evangelist brings us to the empty tomb, may our desire to know risen Lord flourish like the tropical flowers and persist like the ocean waves. Take care and God Bless.