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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 13, A.D. 2001

Acts 14:21-27
Psalm 100:1-3,5
Revelation 21:1-5
John 13:31-33,34-35

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"All will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."
(Jn 13:35)

Some religious writers suggest that Jesus' statement, "As I have loved you, so you also should love one another," is an ideal rather than an attainable command. Christ never asks the impossible from us.

We who have a sincere faith, one that desires God's will to be done perfectly in us, will allow His Holy Spirit to teach us to love sacrificially as Christ loved us. If we say, "yes" to the grace He extends us in life's situations and relationships and make choices which seek the good of others above our personal desires and comforts, then we slowly, sometimes painfully, gain the heart and mind of Christ, God's goal for all humanity.

The Apostles' lives and those of saints over the ages are marked with suffering, sometimes unto death. What enabled them to live in total abandonment to God's will? The same loving power of God, His Holy Spirit Who enabled Jesus the man to embrace the Cross was also at work in them. This same power is ever active, and this very day is ready to work in us if we would allow Him. Few will be asked to literally forfeit their lives for the Faith; but every one of us who professes Christ is called to die to "self," to all the attitudes, actions and words that place ourselves above God and the good of our fellow humans.

God's will is to re-create us in the image of Christ; and as we cooperate with Him in this task, we will participate in transforming this world in love, truth, peace and justice.

Blessed Lord,
give us voice to sing joyous praises of Your saving power;
may our lives genuinely witness Your great love. Amen.

Marie L. Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)


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