April 22, 2014
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
Cut to the Heart
[Peter said,] "Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other Apostles, "What are we to do, my brothers?"
At Pentecost the people of Israel heard that the crucified Jesus was really the Christ, and they were cut to the heart. How I know that feeling! The times I should have spoken up and didn't; the times I've turned a blind eye; the times I've injured another by my anger, my apathy, my selfishness. It's agonizing to realize the harm I've caused, the damage I've done. I am cut to the heart.
But the pain and grief we feel at our own actions are gifts. They lead us to ask, "What are we to do?" This is the first step toward repentance and, through repentance, to God's forgiveness and healing.
God, grant me the grace to realize my wrongs and turn toward you.
- Anne Pushkal
Acts 2:36-41|Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22|John 20:11-18