Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 20, A.D. 2004
Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. . ."
This day the Lord ascended into Heaven to take his due and proper seat at the right hand of the Father. There ever to love the Father and through their mutual love in some mysterious way to send forth the Holy Spirit upon the entire world.
God blesses us through the obedience of His Son, and gives us great merit by our own obedience. Just as the Apostles were told to wait in the Holy City until "you are clothed with power on high." What joy after such sorrow. What sorrow after such joy! Once again to be parted from their friend, their Lord, their Savior.
But this time they trusted. This time they knew and understood the importance of obedience and hope. They loved Jesus and so part of their heart ached with an ache beyond telling and yet they were filled with great joy. In this moment they are the examples for all of us in times of sorrow.
And they went on, through the power of the Holy Spirit to found a Church rooted in love, in faith, and in the hope that came to them through the resurrection. Jesus Christ taught them the meaning of hope. The Father and the Son taught the meaning of love through the descent of the Holy Spirit.
That same Holy Spirit is with us today. We await the day of Pentecost to celebrate that anniversary, but since that time, the world has been filled with the Holy Spirit and each person has had personal access to Him, as He dwells within.
All from one simple act of obedience. All from the wellsprings of love. Thank you Father for the obedience of a loving Son that has so blessed us with the Holy Spirit.
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