Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 4, A.D. 2001

Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 117:1-2
John 6:52-59

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In the natural order, our lives are quite consumed with the needs for nourishment, rest and activity. In meeting these needs we are somewhat dependent on one another.

The readings today, in a sense, point out the same picture in the supernatural order, that is our need for one another. The conversion story of St. Paul still leaves him dependent on Ananias to lay hands on him and to be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 9:17) Sacraments come to us through other people. We are reminded of our need for each other.

In the Gospel of St. John he relates the promise of Christ:

"If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever:
and the bread that I will give is my flesh,
for the life of the world".
(John 6:52)

We needed the ultimate gift of Christ on the Cross and today we need the ability of our priests to bring us Christ in the Eucharist as our spiritual food.

Acts 9:5 also points out the awesome responsibility we have in our relationships one to another! When St. Paul asked who was speaking, after he had fallen to the ground, he heard...."I am Jesus whom thou persecutest". As Christians we are all called to be "vessels of election" (Acts9:15) to each other. We are all called to minister to our brothers and sisters throughout the world!

What a vocation!

- Joan of Jesus, ocds


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