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Pray With Us (weekly reflection)

Reflection for April 30, 2017
 Third Sunday of Easter 

First Reading: Acts 2: 14, 22-23
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16: 2, 7-10
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1: 17-21
Gospel: Luke 24: 13-35

Today's Gospel recounts the story of the walk to Emmaus.  This passage reminds me how often I get caught up in the tasks of daily living and don't recognize (and appreciate) the presence of God.  This reading challenges us to be present to, and mindful of, the NOW.  It is only in being present that one can recognize the gift of each person and each experience.

James Baraz wrote: "mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't)."

As we continue our journey, let us strive to be aware of, and grateful for, all the moments when we encounter our God.

Living God, continue to gift us with your presence.  Help us to grow in awareness of your love and faithfulness to us.  Gift us with the confidence we need to embrace each moment without fear.  Amen, Alleluia!

Mary Beth Gianoli, osf