Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
Memorial Feast: Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr (598-+655) Patron Saint of Mixed-Race People and Public Health Workers
Acts of the Apostles 4:32-37, Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5, & John 3:7b-15
The readings today speak of the power of wind and water. In Jesus' day, many people worshiped "the God of the Elements." Christians saw this as the name of the One God, while other religions prayed to various gods of wind, water, earth, sky, planets, and so forth. Is it any wonder? These folks were just trying to understand and be close to a God who controlled the universe—as they perceived it.
Whether apostles, disciples, or those who contested Him, Jesus' peers saw signs and wonders. They, too, wanted to understand, "Is this God?" His behavior of love and compassion, His gifts of healing, hospitality, and just acts were extraordinary then and would be today. Jesus' answer to questions of His identity provoked people to look deeply into their hearts for the presence of a Spirit of love and compassion.
The Resurrection of our Lord proved His identity as the Son of God to the early Christian community. This revelation confirmed their belief in Jesus and the ability to bear witness of His Word to the rest of the world. As Jesus taught them, they lived in a community built on the Beatitudes. And so should we!
Question of the Day: When you see the Season of Spring bursting forth around you, do you think of the Resurrection?
Prayer: Lord, we pray for the Spirit of Resurrection in our lives to love and serve You as did Your original disciples.