Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 21, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"...whoever receives the one I send receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me." (John 13: 20)
If we accept the Scripture that God is the Author of all life and that He
created man in His image, it follows that He intended humanity to reflect
His holiness, His virtues. Surely, He has given us intellectual and moral
dimensions lacking in the lower species. However, this discovery of our
human potential for "good" and the love relationship with Him to which God
calls us had to undergo many generations of preparation, successes and
failures before it could be fully revealed. At the proper time, this
revelation was given to us when God Himself came in Human flesh to
illustrate in Christ His true Image, the One whose traits and virtues we are
individually to emulate and embody in our own flesh. In our first reading
Paul reviews Jewish history leading to the coming of their promised Messiah
and world's Savior.
In today's Gospel, Jesus cites an ancient principle that is actually at the
root of all missionary work. He, the Christ, is the One who had been sent by
God to deliver the message of our need for salvation, first through our
repentance and God's forgiveness of sin, and second, through a gradual
process of restoration to the Holy image of the One Who created us. Recall
that the quotation upon which this reflection is based follows Christ's
washing of His disciples' feet. Jesus here emphasizes that His followers who
will proclaim Him as Savior, must, like Him, be humble, obedient servants of
God. He also stresses that He and His message are genuinely of Divine origin
by foretelling Judas' betrayal, that they may then know that He is "I Am" of
One and the same essence as His Heavenly Father.
O Loving Redeemer,
make us good and faithful messengers of Your saving truth and love
through our proclaiming of Your word
and through the manner in which we live. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, ocds
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
St. Anselm, bishop and doctor of the Church
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