Reflection for the Third Sunday after Easter…April 15, 2018 by Phyllis Chandler, Notre Dame Associate
Today’s Responsorial: Lord, let your face shine on us.
As I reviewed the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, I also reflected on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord (celebrated this year on April 9 rather than the usual March 25, which was Palm Sunday). A similar phrase from each of the gospel readings caught my eye: 1) Gabriel greeted Mary with “Hail full of grace! The Lord is with you.” She was “greatly troubled and wondered what sort of greeting this might be.” 2) When Jesus appeared to his disciples as related in today’s gospel, He said, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?”
It appears that those closest to Jesus were at times “troubled” by events in their lives, even in relation to Jesus himself. Mary, called to be the Mother of God, questioned the message of the angel. The eleven apostles, chosen by Christ himself, experienced times of doubt and questioning, including the resurrection, despite Jesus’ repeated message that he would die and rise again. Surely then it is not surprising that we too find ourselves “troubled” and in doubt at times. We also have moments/events/experiences that can lead us to wonder what God is telling or asking of us. Even many of the great saints experienced the darkness of uncertainty at times.
Yet, like Mary in her trust in God’s will, and the disciples of Jesus whom the Holy Spirit empowered with His gifts, we too are called to be witnesses to God’s love for us and the call to share it with others. God created each of us for a specific purpose that only we can accomplish. Just like Mary and the early disciples, God is waiting for our “Yes” in answer to His call.
This week, spend some quiet time listening for God’s voice.