Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 30, A.D. 2001

Acts 20:28-38
Psalm 68:29-30,33-36
John 17:11-19

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Some of the most beautiful lines in all of Holy Scripture are contained in today's Gospel of John. In it we hear Jesus praying to the Father on the night before He died. He is in the company of His Apostles and yet it is so intimate that it seems as though we are eavesdropping. If you close your eyes and meditate on the words it isn't hard to imagine that Jesus talked in just this way. His words, if we really listen to them, are astounding - especially if we recognize Who is saying them and to whom they are addressed.

"Father," Jesus says, "protect them with Your Name, guard them from the evil one, I consecrate Myself for their sake.

The Only Begotten One has asked the Father that we might be guarded from harm, and that in return, He offers to God His very self as payment for the fulfillment of such a request. It comes, not in a casual conversation but at the hour when, in perfect obedience and love, Jesus will do all the Father asks.

Let us then bow our heads in profound humility, in recognition that the final request of such a good and gracious Lord should be on behalf of us poor sinners.

May the sacred mystery of God's love transform our hearts and minds into the heart and mind of Jesus; that the name of the Father through the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit, may be forever honored and glorified. Amen.

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds


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