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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 27, A.D. 2001

Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 97:1-2,6-7,9
Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20
John 17:20-26

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"That the love with which You loved Me may be in them and I may be in them." (see John 17:26)

When Christ came into this world as a man, He identified Himself completely with the human race. He, the sinless One, agreed to enter this sinful world and subject Himself to every indignity and suffering to be visited on Him by our fallen race. He had but one purpose in coming, to transform us in His holy image, to lift us up to abide with Him here and throughout eternity.

A major reason why Christianity has not had a greater positive impact on world conditions is that so many remain Christian in name alone. These have refused to identify themselves with Christ by abandoning the hatred, greed, competitiveness and self-absorption that dominates this world. They caught a glimpse of what it would cost them of "self" if they were to seriously commit to an intimate love relationship with God, and so chose instead the devil's way of autonomy and self-gratification.

Today's Gospel passage is the most poignant of all Christ's utterances. It expresses the God-Man's declaration of His undying love for those whom He brought into being, saved from destruction and offered new life by the total giving of Himself, now and throughout eternity. We see Christ's one burning desire, to impart the love and glory He possessed "before the foundation of the world" to His beloved creatures.

What pain our Lord must feel for us all, for the needless, eternal loss of those souls who willfully reject His precious gift of new life and for the suffering of the virtuous being victimized by those continuing in sin.

Blessed Lord,
through Your faithful souls,
make Your presence more strongly known on earth,
that others may seek the beauty of Your truth and love.
Amen.

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



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