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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 22, A.D. 2001

Acts 16:22-34
Psalm 138:1-3,7-8
John 16:5-11

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

What a wonderful story! St. Luke makes it all come alive -- the people furious with Paul and Barnabas because they cut off the exploitation of that visionary, their being flogged, thrown into prison. Did those people really think that would be the end of the Good News? Do you remember that wonderful song from Bernstein's Mass? There's no chaining the Word of the Lord! Whenever and wherever evil has tried to do so, God's Word has broken through with fresh power. Even today in China, Vietnam, Africa, those who oppress Christians find that it's like trying to douse a forestfire with a child's water pistol.

Whenever we doubt the providential power of God in our lives, re-read this passage from the Acts of Apostles. Whenever we doubt our own strength of heart to persevere, reflect on this wonderful story. We can do so much more than we ever dare to dream, when we realize that we are merely channels, instruments of an impatient God, longing to bring the word of hope to His people. Lord, God, I will stop my complaining, my holding back, my fear. I place all my trust in your Sacred Heart flaming with love.

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



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