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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 15, A.D. 2001

Acts 14:19-28
Psalm 145:10-13,21
John 14:27-31

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

What a tremendous lesson we have in today's readings. Paul and Barnabas seem to be so successful in Lycaonia where just yesterday they are acclaimed as gods. Then today, some troublemakers arrive who turn the people against them. The crowd becomes infuriated, and actually tries to stone Paul to death. Paul is dragged out of the city and left for dead. Then, this tough, single-minded, totally determined Apostle shakes alive his bruised and shattered body--and continues to preach. Back in Antioch, they proclaim the success of their evangelizing with joy!

What a lesson to any follower of Jesus! When discouraged, think of Paul flat on his face. When discouraged, think of Paul slowly, painfully, getting to his feet, like Jesus on the Via Dolorosa. Can we drink the cup that Jesus did? With His grace, His power, we can -- and we must. Come Holy Spirit!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (paulwhit@northnet.org)

St. Isidore


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