Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 14, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"All roads lead to Rome" is a famous saying. Responding to today's readings,
one finds that saying particularly appropriate. Why? They deal with the
conclusions of both the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of St. John.
Now, it's true that in the Acts, St. Paul is definitely singing his "swan
song" in the Holy City of Rome, while Jesus in the Gospel of John is
probably in Jerusalem.
Nevertheless, it was Jesus' plan that his first Vicar, Peter, should
establish his Church at the center of the Roman empire. By the power of the
Holy Spirit, Rome became the new Jerusalem, the nerve center (political) and
the grace center (spiritual) of the Kingdom of God on earth. Both Peter and
Paul, pillars of the Church, suffered martyrdom in Rome. On the foundation
of their blood poured out, the modern center of the Catholic Church
On this last Saturday before Pentecost, how fitting it is that we praise God
for the tangible power of the Holy Spirit present in modern Rome these last
few weeks. Can anyone doubt that it was anything other than the Divine
Presence that drew the attention of millions of people to witness the
saintly death of John Paul II and the election of the humble and holy
Benedict XVI? If ever there was a doubt as to the true center of
Christianity being in Vatican City, that doubt was dispelled during the 9
day media blitz in April, 2005.
"All roads lead to Rome!" May our spiritual journey be defined and energized
by the vision of St. Peter's, the Sistine Chapel, and that window on the
third floor as the goal of our allegiance and the source and model for our
prayer and action." They are symbols of deep spiritual power, flowing daily
from the throne of God into the hearts and lives of millions of seekers for
- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
St. Matthias, apostle
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