Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 26, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
I'm fascinated today by what initially appears to be a large contrast in
today's readings. In the first reading we find Paul being stoned, dragged
out of the city and left for dead. In the Gospel Reading we hear our Lord
tell the disciples, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." I find
myself wondering what kind of peace is this that permits one of the great
apostles to be stoned to death!
As we read on, Our Lord's next line in today's Gospel smoothes out the
contrast. "Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your
hearts be troubled or afraid." Yes, NOT as the world gives -- that is the
key! Our Lord's peace is something not found anywhere else. It comes with
the knowledge that no matter what happens to us in this world, our true
selves belong to Him and no one else. Christ's peace allowed Paul to be
stoned and left for dead. It allowed Stephen to be stoned as the Church's
first martyr; it allowed all but one apostle to be martyred; and it allowed
many to persevere through unthinkable trials and pain for two thousand
years. Yes, His peace is something altogether different.
I often find myself under the pressures the world offers and have no peace
whatsoever. It is then that I realize I have wrongfully put my trust in
things other than our Lord; and when I come to Him, the peace returns.
Praise and thanks to you, my Lord, for your complete peace and love.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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