Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Easter Tuesday, April 22

Today’s Grace

I ask for the grace of experiencing the risen Jesus giving energy to my life throughout this day.

Scripture/Reading

St. Irenaeus of Lyons famously wrote that the glory of God is the human fully alive. In our ministerial life, there are always the tasks we do because we have to, true. But we accept them as necessary supports to what we would rather do naturally and joyfully. In our personal lives, we encounter discouragement, losses and setbacks, true. But we also find ourselves surprised by simple joys — a thoughtful note from an old friend, a former student reaching out to say thanks or a consoling bit of news that fills our sails with renewed energy and joy.


In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis writes, “I can say that the most beautiful and natural expressions of joy which I have seen in my life were in poor people who had little to hold on to. I also think of the real joy shown by others who, even amid pressing professional obligations, were able to preserve, in detachment and simplicity, a heart full of faith. In their own way, all these instances of joy flow from the infinite love of God, who has revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ.” (Evangelii Gaudium §7)

Reflection Questions

  1. I think of a time when I was fully engaged in doing my apostolic work — teaching, counseling, celebrating Eucharist, working in an office, praying for others — performing “at the top of my game.” Now I think of a simple joy I have experienced recently in my personal life. Jesus walks in and invites me to talk to him about these things that have given me renewed life and joy. What do I say? How does Jesus react? What perspective does Jesus give me to face the unpleasant tasks and realities in my work and life?

Reflection

From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Alleluia.

See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine.

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Alleluia.

Music: “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi

Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.





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