This weekend brings us to the end of April, a month in which the dying and rising of Jesus have been part of our daily faith experience. Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles recounts the choice of seven disciples to attend to the daily tasks of feeding the poor and assisting those in need.

Each of us walks in the shoes of these disciples: we carry forward the daily outreach of Jesus in practical, often unnoticed service of one another…at home, at work and in school. We are charged to recognize one another’s needs—the needs of the body, yes! But also the needs of the heart and spirit. This is what it means to throw in our lot with the Risen Jesus. This is the practical reality of sharing his life and spirit in our daily walk with one another.

Jesus Christ is risen today! How will others recognize this reality in what I say and do today?

—the Jesuit prayer team