Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 24, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 7:51 to 8:1
Psalm 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. (John 6:33)
Human hunger for immediate self-gratification causes many to reject the concept of absolute truth, thus conveniently eliminating God's absolute and unchanging laws. This gives rise to "relativism" which claims that truths, even basic ones, such as the worth and dignity of human life, change with time and circumstance.
Unfortunately, applying relativism to human behavior is currently causing much societal confusion, since it cancels any consistent ethical or moral standards. However, relativism unwittingly, rather stupidly, destroys itself, its own credibility, by denying that anything it may say is definite or true.
Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned for speaking God's truth to an audience living comfortably in worldly lies. Today, our more civilized demeanor and improved technology allow us to kill truth more efficiently through our morally corrupt informational and entertainment media.
In today's Gospel, the Israelites recall God giving them manna, a sign of His care to sustain them on their desert journey to the Promised Land. Now they demand a sign from Jesus to prove that He too, as He claims, is given to them by God. Jesus strongly affirms that God has indeed sent Him to them as their final, definitive and everlasting food. He is the Divine Word of absolute truth, the bread that nourishes and gives life to human souls and draws them ever closer to God.
All of John, chapter 6, defines the conditions for our gaining eternal life with God; we must feed on and assimilate God's Word, make Him an integral part of our beings. God created man to share in His blessed life; we attain our full humanity only if we live faithfully in, and thus courageously uphold, His love and truth in this world.
banish the darkness within our hearts;
draw us into the light of Your Living Word
and make of us beacons of hope in a world rife with sin.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr
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