Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 7, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Among the many themes in the liturgical readings for today, two stand out. They are that of perseverance in our respective apostolates and giving credit where credit is due.
In the first reading, we see Paul and Barnabas at considerable risk for their lives, so much so that they needed to flee. Did that stop them? No! They just went on to other cities and continued their teaching and healing.
Often in our everyday Christian lives we see risks to our faith and actions. Paul and Barnabas are good role models, to show that we face the obstacles in the best way that we can and then persevere in accordance with our beliefs.
When the people tried to consider them as gods, Paul and Barnabas refuted their claims and redirected their praise to God. It is tempting for us to take credit for our so-called achievements. However, we would have absolutely nothing if it were not given to us from Almighty God.
As a final note, it is inspiring that in the Gospel a question was asked of Jesus in the plural, but He responded in the singular: "Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him" (John 14:23-26)
What an intimate God we have!
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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