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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 30, A.D. 2005

Acts 16:1-10
Psalm 100:1-3,5
John 15:18-21

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

After a successful first missionary journey, Paul embarks on a second journey, finding in Lystra a promising young man, Timothy, who he takes with him as companion. Timothy even helped write four of Paul's letters. We are surprised that, after Paul's vigorous belief that circumcision was no longer necessary for converts, he has Timothy circumcised "because of the Jews of that region."

Here is a lesson about flexibility being needed for the bearer of Good News. Paul tells us in another place that he was "all things to all men." He was willing to bend on non-essentials for the sake of the core message of Jesus. He never compromised on the fundamentals, however. He often incurred the wrath of the authorities and the crowds, enduring beatings, stonings, ridicule and imprisonment rather than water down the message.

For us, who must daily grow ever closer and closer to Jesus, we must keep our wits about us, and with prudence assess a particular situation. Just as Paul and Timothy were "prevented by the Spirit" from following their own will in the choice of locales for preaching, so, too, we must never allow discouragement when it seems God does not favor or support certain projects of ours. Let us humbly accept failure in that area, and beg the Holy Spirit to direct our energies and gifts as He desires.

- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)

Lives of the saints:

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

St. Pius V, pope

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