Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 5, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's readings show a sharp contrast between the newly converted community
of believers in the early Church and those who had not yet heard the Lord's
calling, as represented by Nicodemus. Those in the early Church understood
exactly what their salvation meant and the mystery Jesus brought to us all.
Hence, they freely gave their property--earthly physical possessions--for
the good of all. They had found the pearl of great price; the value of their
wealth paled in comparison to the Great Gift and the betterment of the young
Nicodemus, on the other hand, was not quite getting it. Still looking for a
messiah in the physical, worldly sense, he struggled with the Lords
teachings, asking, "How can this be?" Jesus plainly tells him that if he
cannot understand things of the world, he cannot understand things of the
spirit. He also questions why Nicodemus is so ignorant of these mysteries
when he is a teacher of God's chosen.
Our faith is a collection of mysteries. We have the mystery of the Blessed
Sacrament. We have the mysteries upon which we meditate when praying the
rosary. We have the mystery of Baptism. Therefore, we celebrate these
mysteries and rejoice in them. Sometimes our faith is difficult, as
mysteries many times are, and that is all right. He did not leave us alone:
we have the Holy Spirit to guide us, as well as the strength of the Holy
Church to support us when it is difficult. Let us be ever-mindful of this as
we approach Pentecost and the celebration of the mystery of the Holy Spirit
and rejoice in these great gifts of mystery.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
St. Vincent Ferrer, priest
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