Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 16, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's readings, we find that, after a period of persecution, the Church
is at peace. In that time, Peter and the other apostles worked many
miracles, including raising a dead woman, Dorcas, to life. What must Peter
have felt like when asked to perform such a miracle? What would we have
done? Peter kneels in prayer, then simply commands the dead woman to arise.
He affirms this, not in his own name, but in the name of Jesus. God asks
miracles of us very often--in the forgiving of a deep hurt, in the
acceptance of a death in the family, or an illness that depresses us and
tests our faith--in a hundred ways. Do we have the faith and humility to let
Jesus work those miracles?
In the Gospel, Jesus affirms that faith is needed to accept the miracle of
His body present in what looks like bread, or His blood present in what
looks like wine. Only the eyes of faith will see what is really there. Pope
John Paul II once wrote that Jesus exalted and affirmed the dignity of every
person by His willingness to enter whatever person approached Him in
Communion without distinction. Of course, we are responsible for the purity
of our hearts and our freedom from sin. To be so privileged makes us truly a
priestly people and a royal race. We who participate in this miracle must
ourselves be ready to let the Spirit perform them through us!
- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)
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