Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 1, A.D. 2005
1 Peter 3:15-18
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
I am in my Father. You are in me and I in you."
Beloved Pope Benedict XVI in his homily on the day prior to his ascent to
the papacy, voiced the desire of Jesus to be a 'friend' to us. Benedict's
consolation finds voice in today's gospel as Jesus explains we 'love' Him by
keeping His commandments. This gift of our 'will' Jesus adds, multiplies
love: "the Father will love you and I will reveal myself to you."
Jesus' revelation of self to us is possible because we "will" to remain in
Him through an obedience of freewill that intensifies our giving of God-like
love. We want to give generously, all we are, completely, wholly and fully
to He who first loves us in this way, inviting us to love as He loves -- in
the Father. The honor, joy and beauty of this "beFriending" is the beloving
covenantal espousing; a union so intimate that our lives become one with the
Trinity who is One.
Jesus, who is perfectly and humbly obedient, confidently reveals the
reciprocating generosity of His Father and ours, "I will ask the Father and
He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of
Truth, Whom the world cannot accept because it neither 'sees' nor 'knows'
Him. You know Him because He remains with you and will be in you. I will not
leave you orphans I will come to you. You will see me because I live and you
may we understand from You who are the Truth,
that remaining in You, and You living in us,
enables us to see and know You.
- Mary Williams
Lives of the saints:
Sixth Sunday of Easter
St Joseph the Worker
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