Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 5, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe
all I have command you" (see Matthew 28:19,20)
During a conversation at lunch, I overheard a young woman remark that she
would have nothing to do with any religion that creates a sense of guilt by
suggesting we are sinful and in need of salvation. Youth, inexperience and
pop-psychology had convinced her that we live in "the best of all possible
worlds" and must not accept any thought that injures our self-esteem. Were
the latter true, then God, the Father was very cruel in sending His only Son
to suffer extreme torture and die uselessly for a humanity that was already
perfect. The truth is that sin, our pride and Godlessness, blinds us to
humanity's actual condition.
While the Easter season began on a note of sorrow and repentance, it now
continues with hope and joy. Christ put human sin to death in His own flesh
on the cross, conquering evil; now we, through faith and obedience to Him,
by grace, are called and enabled to conquer our every temptation to sin.
This same Holy Spirit Jesus promised to His Apostles in our first reading is
given to all sincere "believers," not only for their personal salvation, but
also for the benefit of all those with whom they come in contact, those with
whom they share God's love and Truth made manifest in Christ. Such is our
Savior's exhortation to His followers, to become like Him, broken bread and
poured out wine for the life of the world.
Guilt is a very positive, God-given, emotion; without it we would lack a
conscience, have no ability to discern good from evil, no desire to repent
of harmful actions and words, no wish to redirect our steps leading to our
living eternally with God. Christ's Ascension is the foreshadowing and
fulfillment of God's desire to have all of humanity united with Him, that
our joy may at last be perfect.
O God of all goodness, bring Your self-giving love andTruth shown to us by
Christ to full fruition in each one of us, that we may share Your blessings
with others and draw them to You. Amen
- Marie Bocko, ocds
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Ascension of the Lord
(Holy Day of Obligation)
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