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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 20, A.D. 2001

Acts 15:1-2,22-29
Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8
Revelation 21:10-14,22-23
John 14:23-29

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Whoever loves me will keep my word...." (John 14:23)

Jesus tells His Apostles, and us, that proof of love for Him is seen in our keeping of His word. In doing so, we open ourselves to God, allow the Holy Trinity to come and establish a home within us. Here Christ prepares the Apostles for His Ascension, assures them He will not leave them "orphaned," but He will send His Spirit to guide them to all truth and teach them to love genuinely, unselfishly as God loves them.

It is in this mutual self-giving between God and man that our humanity is fulfilled and our individual earthly missions brought to fruition. The Apostles' task was awesome, one made possible only by grace; for they were to form the foundation upholding the wall that protects and preserves the integrity of Christ's word in this world and in the New Jerusalem, His true Church, comprised of those who remain faithful to His word until the end.

But the responsibility for faithfulness to God's Word rests on all of us. Although bishops (the foundation stones) headed by the occupant of Peter's chair, hold the most prominent positions, it is the ordinary person who loves, obeys and is deeply intimate with Christ who more directly touches and affects others; their words and actions can either attract others toward or repel them away from Christ. The spiritual strength of our Church's edifice is determined by our goodness and wholeness, each individual stone, placed and held together by God's truth and love.

Father God,
we thank You for the gift of faith which consoles us now that
Christ is beyond our sight. By Your Spirit lead us on the path
to His promised glory. Amen.

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


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