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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 18, A.D. 2005

Sirach 4:11-19
Psalm 119:165,168,171-172,174-175
John 12:44-50

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The readings for today on Wisdom (First Reading)
and Evangelization
(Gospel) might bring to mind several common sayings,
such as 'God's ways are not man's ways'
or 'don't judge a book by it's cover'.

Sometimes in our enthusiasm to reach
out to another person
for the purpose of evangelization we forget
that the Holy Spirit is not limited by our enthusiasm.
In God's plan it might not be the right time
for that person to be touched by us.
Perhaps we are not using the right means or
their soul may not yet be ready
and open for our words.
Worse yet, we might be injecting ourselves
into the agenda instead of God.

Our recently deceased pope, John Paul II,
in his role as an evangelizer
was very astute in reading the movings of the Holy Spirit .
Our newly elected Holy Father, Benedict XVI,
has promised to follow in the footsteps of
Pope, John Paul II in his attempts at
evangelization on an ecumenical level.

Let us pray that our Holy Father and all who evangelize
may be open to the workings of the Holy Spirit,
our true source of wisdom.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)

Lives of the saints:

Wednesday in the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

St. John I, pope and martyr

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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