Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 7, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Whoever believes in the Son has life eternal." (John 3:36)
A careful reading of Christ's "Sermon on the Mount" in Matthew's Gospel
(chapters 5-7) reveals that our God requires His children to abide by a
moral and ethical standard far above that practiced by this world. Those who
say that the standard set by God is humanly impossible are absolutely
correct; for through our own unaided efforts we will surely fail. History
proves this when one considers the harm created by the many perversions of
God's law engineered to suit selfish desires. The violent hatred now seen in
the Middle-East is a case in point.
Our hope is in Christ Who prepared His disciples for His death by promising
not to leave them "orphaned." He told them He would remain with them in the
Person of the Holy Spirit. Today's readings assert that those who, from
their hearts, sincerely proclaim faith in Christ will be given His Spirit to
guide them in the knowledge of God's truth and love and also strengthen them
in their pursuit of living in the new life Jesus provides us through His
In today's Gospel Christ affirms His Divinity by stating He receives God's
power without limit so that through His words and deeds He could make God
clearly visible in this world. Jesus also tells His disciples that those to
whom He has revealed God's truth and love are called to obey Him, God's
living Word. He warns those who have seen and heard His Word but insist on
disobeying Him, that they will forfeit eternal life. There is no middle
ground; we're free to choose between life and death.
pour Your Holy Spirit upon us
to keep us faithful to You, the Word of God.
Give us the humility to see
that without our Lord's aid and guidance
we will fail. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, ocds
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
St. John Baptist de la Salle, priest
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