Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 20, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The readings for today lay out a framework for the process of evangelization
or the spreading of the Word. Each of us at our Baptism and again at the
time we receive the sacrament of Confirmation are reminded of our role as a
In the first reading we hear of the emphasis on prayer and fasting as key
elements in preparation for evangelization. We cannot, of course, spread the
Word if we are strangers to Christ. We are also reminded that each of us are
sent by the Spirit. Each of us have our distinct mission in life, one that
no one else can accomplish.
It is frustrating in our secular world to see that there are those who do
not accept the Word of God. There is the temptation to judge them for their
lack of faith, especially when it is a person close to us. Jesus gives us
direction on that subject in the gospel of today. Christ stated that He was
not sent to judge, but rather to save the world and that His words would
judge the person at the end of time. It is not our role to judge either.
Our role then in evangelization is that of prayer, fasting, listening to the
Spirit and acting on that direction either by our word or example. It's
pretty straightforward....and all from scripture. How
fortunate we are for such a source of direction!
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
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