Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 3, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
InEver since Moses, God's people had longed to see Him and look upon His face.
But to look directly at the glory of God's face was to risk death. Even
speaking and writing His name came with risks. In essence God was something
far away that no one saw and no one spoke about in an intimate way. The
priests were necessary for everyday people to commune with God and even they
had strict rules on how this was to take place.
Given this, it is no wonder that when our Lord came his followers did not
recognize Him for what He really was. In today's first reading Paul goes to
great lengths to tell us just who saw the risen Lord and in the Gospel we
learn of two apostles - those closest to Jesus - did not see Him for what He
really is. The Lord tells Thomas that since he has seen Jesus he has seen
the Father only to immediately be asked by Philip, "Master, show us the
Father, and that will be enough for us." How they longed to look directly at
God, but also how hard-hearted they must have been! These men had been
conditioned their entire lives to believe they could never see God so this
should be no surprise.
Jesus continues to show Himself to us today, most wonderfully in the
Eucharist. As He told his followers, "Whoever has seen Me has seen the
Father." What a wonderful and glorious gift He has made to us, a gift which
countless followers prior to the Lord's visit to us would have given
anything to receive. And how blessed we are to receive this gift and see our
God in daily mass and adoration.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
St. Phillip, St. James, apostles
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