Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 9, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
St. Luke, in today's readings, is correcting a severe problem in the early
church--neglect of those Greek-speaking widows. Because they did not speak
Aramaic, they were isolated from the other Jewish widows. The Apostles are
so concerned that they consult the community, asking for the names of seven
men of good reputation who could take over the care of these "Hellenists."
These men are the first deacons in the new Church.
How fortunate that our modern church has revived the ancient practice of
Deacons. With our priest shortage today, they have become quite
indispensable in caring for the needs of parishes, not just in caring for
physical needs, but so effectively assisting in the spiritual needs of the
people. Let us pray for them, appreciate them, and thank them.
At the same time, the Gospel reminds of our responsibility to acknowledge
Jesus as the master of wind and wave, that is, the Power Person who alone
can free us and protect us from many dangers which threaten to overwhelm us.
Perhaps it is the actual caring for victims of a tsunami. Perhaps it is
giving encouragement and aid to victims of addictions, enslaved by
uncontrollable appetites. Whatever the situation, and because of our
Baptism, we share in the responsibility and the power of Jesus himself to be
alert to needs of our brothers and sisters.
- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)
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