“Scratchpad Reflections” are daily meditations on the scripture readings for the day noted and are written by Dominican Brother Daniel Thomas to help readers gain a deeper understanding of the daily liturgies and Masses of celebration. Here is the reflection for:
May 12, 2016 – Thursday in the 7th Week of Easter
Saint for the day: Pancras (d. 304?)
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 – Psalm 16 – John 17:20-26
“With boldness let us approach the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace as a timely help, alleluia. (today’s Entrance Antiphon: Hebrews 4:16)
We are still in John’s Gospel: “That they may be one as I am one with the Father.” And so, as we move towards Pentecost we seek that unity that Jesus has with the father. Our lives are fragmented. Here we have no lasting city. We are on our way to something better. Something that has a perfection that we know is missing from our lives. I can’t find some papers that I know I saved and put in a place that would be easy for me to find them. For the life of me, I can’t find them and it is frustrating since I can’t remember if I might have given them away or done something else with them. Then the words of Sr. Bernice Cunningham that I quoted in yesterday’s reflection come to mind: “50 years from now ain’t nobody gonna know the difference!” What are the things that hold my attention and how many/much are they things that fit into that “50 years from now category?” Those opening words of Jesus from today’s Holy Gospel that I highlighted above: “That they may be one as I(Jesus) am one with the father,” is the goal that I know that I have not yet obtained. “That they (we) might be one …” The life – long pursuit of being a totally integrated person. Balanced in a unity that has Jesus at its core. I have such a long way to go in this regard! In today’s Acts, Paul divides his persecutors and they end up fighting each other. Jesus still speaks of unity. How much of my actions divide and how much do and say unify? When I am selfish and self-centered I prevent Jesus from being the center of my life. That I might be one in Jesus is my prayer and that I might let the rest of the world (other Dominicans, classmates, friends, etc) come to Jesus at their own pace. Jesus has not yet appointed me to be in charge of converting the world. I have more than enough to do working on my own conversion! Amen!