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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 23, A.D. 2001

Acts 17:15,22--18:1
Psalm 148:1-2,11-14
John 16:12-15

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's first reading we hear Paul speak to the pagan Athenians. He remarks about their religious practices and a shrine he has seen "To a God Unknown." He continues by saying that because of the One who was raised from the dead, God need not be unknown but in fact, has been revealed. Sadly, we hear that, for the most part, the Athenians rejected Paul's eloquent speech.

Reflecting on this story makes me wonder why even to this day, for many, the God of Glory has remained an unknown God. What is happening in the hearts and minds of people that fail to accept the Gospel message? And perhaps more important, what are we going to do about it?

Curiously, after having made only a few converts, Paul left the area and went to Corinth. If we're inclined to do nothing about spreading the Gospel message, and leave people to their own designs, we might say that Paul's departure supports that kind of decision. In doing so, we would make a sad mistake, thinking that Paul's efforts accomplished nothing. We would fail to remember that it is God who makes the seed of faith grow. We, for our part, are to sow it and water it with our prayers, tears, petitions and good example.

Pray then, as we await again the promised Paraclete; we might do our part and pray with such perseverance and fervor that the heart of the Father might be moved again and again and again to send down the Holy Spirit to create anew the face of the earth and the hearts of men.

Come Holy Spirit! Come!

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds


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