Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 13, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In todayís Gospel, Jesus prepares His apostles for this great moment of Pentecost. He tells them that when He leaves them, the Holy Spirit will teach them everything they need to know, and will remind them of everything He Himself had taught them. Jesus knew that all the time He had spent preaching and healing would be in vain without the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Even as He tried to prepare them for His death the next day, He knew that only the Holy Spirit could give them the courage they would need to baptize and preach the Good News to all the world.
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we learn of the events that lead up to the First Ecumenical Council of the Church in Jerusalem. It was there that a courageous decision was made to welcome non-Jews into the Church without requiring that they be circumcised or made to follow the law of Moses. Only the power of the Holy Spirit present at that council could have guided that decision.
This is a good week for us to ask ourselves how we make use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we received at our Confirmation. In todayís world, there are so many dangerous signs that more courage is needed in the practice of our faith if we are to overcome the increasing attempts to blot out all Christian influence in public life. Think of what might have happened if the Apostles had decided to keep the whole treasure of Godís Word to themselves. The newly-born Church would have withered and disappeared within a few years.
Jesus did not prepare His followers for an easy life. Thatís why He died on the Cross, or why He rose from the dead. As He loved us to the death, so He expects us to pay the price for the glory of eternal life.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
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