Wednesday’s Word

Be inspired and encouraged with a weekly reflection on God’s Word and every day life.


We Have Seen the Apostles and They Is Us

Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Don’t know if any of you remember the comic strip “Pogo,” but the title of this blog is a paraphrase of one of the lines from the strip. I will leave it for all you trivia buffs to play with later.

The Easter season readings tell our stories. In the Acts of the Apostles, we are hearing about the apostles remaining after the Resurrection ( people like “us”) and all of the things they were doing. There is lots of confusion because some of the apostles heard different things and told different stories (just like “us”), but the Word was still getting out there.

Today we hear that the apostles were no longer afraid and could speak the truth of Jesus’ life without concern for their safety; although they were not all that safe in reality. But the gift of the Spirit is so present in them that they are compelled to speak, to teach and to preach the truth.

Are we compelled? Are we prepared? Is our faith stronger than ever? This world is poised to hear the truth. We must be ready to speak it, so we have to do our homework; make sure our facts are clear and true. The Twenty-first century needs apostles, and they is us!

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The Most Astonishing Thing

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

“We were hoping that he would be the one…”

Today’s Gospel [Luke 24:13-35], the Wednesday after Easter, is that famous story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. I think many people like the story because these two disciples are so blown away by the drama that just took place in Jerusalem over the Passover feast days and they were trying to figure it out. Jesus, the Christ, the One who was supposed to be the Messiah of Israel, was crucified in an indignant and horrifying end.

“We were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel,” the two disciples told Jesus, as he questioned them along the road. They were hoping Jesus was the One that all of Israel looked to as the Deliverer, the God-hero who would free them from the conquering Romans. They were hoping, but they were looking in the wrong direction.

They added, “…Some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.” Continue reading →

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Weaving through the Mysteries

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

Every Gospel of this Holy Week puts us at the table with Jesus, the night before he suffered.

At no other time in the church year does Eucharist reveal its meaning so clearly and compellingly. Each day, we gather with the disciples to celebrate with Jesus the Passover meal. With our backdrop a Hebrew meal of sacred remembrance already deeply rich in meaning and practice, we tell the story again.

Here Jesus sums up his life and gives to us a lifetime task of discipleship: the washing of one another’s feet, the breaking of ourselves as bread for others, and the dying to ourselves, in love, which proclaims his life-giving death, and invests the other actions with its ultimate meaning. Each of the three actions describes and enriches the other two – as we are fed, we are food, as we wash, we bring the waters of life, as we make memorial of Jesus’ death we offer our own imperfect pouring out in gratitude for God’s abundant mercies. Continue reading →

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Open the window of your heart

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

What’s the condition of your window?

Quick…go over to a window and look out. What do you see? Are flowers blooming? Raindrops pouring? Or is the window so small or dirty that you can’t see anything? Does your view open up your heart? If you’ve ever been in the Dominican Sisters of Peace Columbus Motherhouse, you know that the chapel has an entire wall of windows behind the altar. It can be wonderfully distracting and spiritual. Most times, the chapel is filled with bountiful light. In contrast, medieval cathedrals had slivers of windows and most of them were very high off the ground. The cathedrals were dark and dreary.

Recently, I was working with an adult student and we were discussing continents and countries. My learner had little knowledge of countries outside of the United States and North America. I realized how fortunate I have been to travel around the world experiencing the cultures and hospitality of many people while so many have a very narrow vision of the world. Continue reading →

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The Law, The Truth, The Gospel

The Law

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

The readings for Wednesday, March 22, ask us to reflect on the law. We know how hard it is to think about laws because we hate being told what to do, be honest. But in this present time in history, our understanding and appreciation for laws are being sorely tried.

We rant and rave about the laws and how unfair they are, etc, etc, and rightfully so. Man-made laws are unfair, every day in every way. God’s laws, not so much. Continue reading →

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