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Lent with St. Francis: ‘Let Us Begin Again’

Apr 4, 2021
Lent with St. Francis: "Let Us Begin Again"

Easter Triduum: Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34a, 37–43;
Psalm 118:1–2, 16–17, 22–23;
Colossians 3:1–4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b–8;
John 20:1–9

“. . . he saw and believed.” —John 20:8

Easter is a beginning, not an ending. And this Easter story from Thomas of Celano reminds us that for Francis, the challenge to remain true to the Gospel was one that needed to be renewed again and again.

It happened one Easter that the brothers at the hermitage of Greccio prepared the table more carefully than they usually did with white linens and glassware. Coming down from his cell, the father came to the table and saw that it was placed high and decorated extravagantly. But he did not smile at the smiling table. Stealthily and little by little he retraced his steps, put on the hat of a poor man who was there, and taking a staff in his hand, he went outside. He waited outside at the door until the brothers began to eat; for they were in the habit of not waiting for him when he did not come at the signal.

When they had begun to eat, this truly poor man cried out at the door; “For the love of the Lord God,” he said, “give an alms to this poor, sick wanderer.” The brothers answered: “Come in, man, for love of him whom you have invoked.” He immediately entered and appeared before them as they were eating. But what astonishment, do you think, the beggar caused these inhabitants? The beggar was given a dish, and sitting alone, he put the dish in the ashes. “Now I am sitting as a Friar Minor should sit,” he said.

Francis was like that other pilgrim alone in Jerusalem that day. But he made the hearts of the disciples burn when he spoke to them.


Lord God, all good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.

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Sun, 04/04/2021 - 08:33 AM
The story told today can be seen with many different lenses. We can ask ourselves who else should be invited to the table? Sometimes it is the person right outside our door. At other times we need to search for the person who is hungry in mind, body or soul and feed them what they need to be fed. We call upon God, our heavenly Father, to help us determine what the person needs. As disciples we know that offering the love of God to others satiates the person being at one with God. If the person is hungry for food we offer what we have and what we have in abundance. If they are trobled we offere the person spiritual consolation by sharing with the person the prayers that have been answered. We ask you this through teh Risen Christ both now and forever.
Sun, 04/04/2021 - 10:56 AM
I taught school with a very caring man. His name was Huz Jensen. Upon entering his room, you would see a sign that said, do the best you can with what you got. God has given each of us many different gifts. He wants us to take these gifts and help others. If you take you time to think about it, there are so many ways we can we can do this. Happy Easter!
Sun, 04/04/2021 - 12:10 PM
Thank you. May we all be brave enough to “ retrace our steps”. Peace....

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