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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 16, A.D. 2001

Acts 15:1-6
Psalm 122:1-5
John 15:1-8

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's first reading we see the early Church as it begins to address the problems associated with people of different cultures and traditions.

Such differences shouldn't surprise or worry us -- it is the natural consequence of the expression of God's creative plenitude. Seeing how the Church identified what practices and traditions were essential, illuminates for us the sacredness of the words: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can differences be seen as diversity and not sources of division. Only with grace and cooperation with grace can we discern the truth embodied in the oral and written tradition of the Church and its reliance on the legitimate apostolic authority entrusted to her by Jesus.

As we await the coming Feast of Pentecost may we meditate on how the Holy Spirit enlivened the hearts of the apostles and gave them the gifts that would ensure that the Church would always remain One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

We thank you Lord for the gift of the Risen Jesus who promised us life everlasting and the ever-present Gift of the Holy Spirit.

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds


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