Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 21, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22, 25-27
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something."
A most distasteful and difficult lesson we need to learn is obedience.
Toddlers torture parents through the "terrible 2's"; adolescents become
devious or rebellious to gain their will; adults often retain a
self-centeredness, using various ways to manipulate or dominate others.
our day this tendency prevails in every part of the world, but has
deadly where leaders and their people are oblivious to God's basic law
love and forgiveness. Our Creator constantly pours out His merciful
us, yet many remain blind to it, rendering themselves unable to receive
Obedience to the rules imposed on "self" by genuine love may be costly
the human ego, but they offer us the only way to a peaceful and just
In every age since Apostolic times, those who dare to speak God's
inherent in His love, who oppose destructive societal beliefs and
can expect to suffer. Today we accuse them of curtailing our freedoms
trying to impose a certain religion on our nation. We do not realize
the law of love is nonsectarian; it is a universal necessity, the
Had the exhausted men who fished all night but returned with empty nets
obeyed Jesus telling them to cast their nets once more, they would have
denied themselves of God's bounty and withheld food from hungry people.
Christ desired His Apostles to become "fishers of men." These may
cast out the net of God's Holy Word and find it empty, but they (and
never abandon the effort to nourish the world with God's Life.
O most generous and self-giving God, imbue our hearts with Your love,
we may be vehicles through whom the world may come to know Your Holy
Christ our Lord.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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