Reflection: Everyone is Invited!
Today's reflection compliments of Rosie Yezbick.
Acts of the Apostles 2:36-41
Today’s readings invite us to recognize God in unexpected people and places. They remind us how He’s constantly reaching out to each one of us in spite of our imperfections.
In today’s reading from Acts of the Apostles, Peter invites “all who are far off” to turn away from sin and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit via baptism. It’s important to note that Peter doesn’t invite only those people who might be “good” enough to join him. He invites the corrupt; he invites the very people who crucified Jesus. He invites
The larger chapter from which this reading is taken distinguishes Jesus from the prophets Joel and David. In it, Peter takes care to recall Joel’s account of God’s promise to pour his spirit on
people, both men
women, both sons
daughters. This must have been a maverick prophecy in such a patriarchal society.
Speaking of mavericks, today’s gospel chronicles Jesus’s appearance to Mary Magdalene. He deputizes her, a lowly woman, to go forth and share the good news of his triumph over death with the rest of his (male) disciples. What a challenging invitation this must have been for them to receive! They’d lived their whole lives in a society which specifically mandated gender inequality, yet their beloved teacher chose a
to proclaim his resurrection and ascension.
God has a way of inviting us to draw closer to Him through the unlikeliest of messengers.
Through whom is He calling to me today? Now is the time to take God up on these invitations and look at the world with fresh eyes. We’re sure to find Him when and where we do.
Peace and Love,
on Tuesday, April 6 at 12:00AM