Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 23, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Jesus' Mission was an ambitious one--to bring all peoples of the world to
salvation. Yet, at times, Jesus was reluctant to share the message and the
healings with non-Jews. He left so much of that to those with whom He shared
the Mission. Paul and Barnabas felt the brunt of Jewish displeasure when
they shared The Light with pagans. They suffered much, even as Jesus
suffered. And they would meet opposition even as Jesus met misunderstanding.
Isn't it interesting that, in the Gospel, Jesus promises that his followers
would do the works that He did, "and even greater"! How could the servants
do greater works than the Master? Jesus, like a good parent, wanted the best
for His children, and hoped that the scope of their activity would spread
even beyond his three years of public ministry.
Now, from heavenly glory, He directs and empowers the efforts of all who
through the ages have given of themselves to his Mission. And I am one of
them! Ask yourself the question, "Did I ever dream, when I began in the
service of Jesus, that I would be called upon to do what I have done?" Now,
after this question, beg of Jesus the grace to do "even greater works than
these" -- to do whatever Jesus will ask of you in the years ahead!
- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter
St. George, martyr
St. Adalbert, bishop and martyr
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