Daily Bread

April 26, 2018

Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89; Jn 13:16-20

These are now his witnesses before the people.
Seemingly unbelievable claims are met with a demand for proof. The apostles serve as the living message, bearing witness to the resurrection in the very place Jesus was crucified. As his closest companions throughout his public ministry, they traveled with him. They knew him intimately. Now their presence and testimony provide validity to Jesus’ triumph over death and continuity to his teachings. There’s an assurance of fidelity to Jesus’ message because they were there. It was a lived, personal encounter. They came face to face with the resurrected Christ whom they knew well. There’s no mistaking his identity. It’s from them that we receive and pass on proof. Their experience of seeing, talking and embracing the Savior confirms that the Lord Jesus, indeed, rose from the dead.
Risen Savior, give me the courage to profess the faith so that others may see you in my witness and know that I am yours.

Patricia Russell

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Homiletic starters and scriptural reflection points for each day of the month

The Lectionary provides a kind of spiritual script for the universal church that keeps us, literally, all on the same page as we journey through the liturgical seasons. These short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings, are intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world.

About the authors

Jeanne Lischer lives near Kansas City, Missouri, where she is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.  She serves two churches in Missouri. She shares her home with daughter, Sally, two cats, and a dog. Originally from St. Louis, she has also lived in Ghana, West Africa.

Mary Joshi lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, and is our first Canadian Daily Bread baker. Raised Catholic and married to a Hindu with whom she has two daughters, Mary has been challenged to examine, clarify and articulate her faith, which has informed her primary work as the RCIA coordinator for her three-parish unit and reflection writer for the parish bulletin. Her education includes degrees in history, English and deaf education.

Miguel Dulick lives in a mountain village in Honduras, Central America. Originally from St. Louis, he holds degrees from St. Louis University and Weston School of Theology, Boston.

Paige Byrne Shortal, longtime contributor to Celebration, serves as coordinator for the Daily Bread writers. She is recently retired after forty years in pastoral ministry — twenty years at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church on the campus of Saint Louis University and twenty years at St. Francis Borgia in Washington, Missouri.

Patricia Russell graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with degrees in English and secondary education. She teaches high school theology, English and creative writing in Washington, Missouri. 

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