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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 6, A.D. 2005

Acts 5:17-26
Psalm 34:2-9
John 3:16-21

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The messages of today's readings are quite direct and come to us at an appropriate time, while we are still basking in the light and joy from Easter! Yes, Christ has Risen and we do find joy, hope, and consolation from that reality.The first reading, which involves the apostles being set free from prison by an angel, reminds us of our responsibilities as Christians.

During the Easter liturgy we were given the opportunity to renew our baptismal promises. By our own baptism we benefit from the redemptive powers of Christ and become followers of Christ. Just as the apostles, freed from their prison cell by an angel, were directed to go into the temple and teach, we too have ways in which we are to spread the message of Christ. Each of us, through our individual vocations, are challenged to serve by example and word.

Great spiritual writers such as St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross direct us on handling consolations. The Easter season can be one-sided, where we bask in the scent of lilies and incense. Let us also remember that it took Good Friday to reach Easter and not let the spilling of Christ's blood be in vain. Others are waiting for us to tell them about the message of Easter!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)

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