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

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 9, A.D. 2001

Acts 12:24--13:5
Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8
John 12:44-50

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's first reading we hear an account in the early church where its faithful members were fasting and praying. We seem to be well acquainted with the need and efficacy of prayer, but less so with fasting.

In our culture denying ourselves anything seems like such a hardship; so accustomed are we to getting and doing whatever we desire. It is precisely because of this that fasting takes on such great importance. It will only be through our efforts and God's grace that we might tame our human desires, subjecting our "flesh' so that the Spirit in us might have more fuller expression.

Let us then utilize what perhaps we do know (the practice of prayer) and ask the Lord to give us the desire and ability to refrain from something each day so that we might develop the habit of fasting. In imitation of Jesus who fasted and prayed may the same Spirit which led Him into the desert and sustained Him there, be with us as we try to more perfectly follow His example - the example of the Risen and Glorious One.

The Lord has risen as He promised. Alleluia, Alleluia!

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds



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