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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 26, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

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

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

How very powerful is the Word of Scripture! It is all useful for teaching, for direction, for admonishing (ourselves, first of all!), and for consolation and strengthening of our spirit. We find the presence of God as we read, and the piercing of our hearts and minds if we are listening.

It is the Holy Scripture that is truly the soul's armour against the criticism which is bound to come to the faithful follower of Christ. His Passion becomes our passion, and vice versa. God is constantly testing the true follower of Jesus. That criticism which hurts and causes us to bleed, is also the occasion for us to humbly accept it, to reflect on it, and to grow from it.

Avoiding problems is unhealthy; facing them causes us to discover how the strength of Jesus doubles the power and efficacy of our own gifts. Alone we can do little or nothing, but with Jesus, all things are possible.

Let us live in the hope and the joy of the Resurrection, as the power of Pentecost permeates and transforms our souls for the witnessing of the Gospel.

- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com) http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
St. Philip Neri, priest

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