Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 15, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
When the Holy Spirit comes He will convict the world in regard
to sin and righteousness and condemnation. (see John 16-8)
Shortly after our last elections an editorial letter in our regional newspaper defended the self-avowed Catholicity of our new representative to the U.S. Congress who is a supporter of abortion. The writer claims that since the Church respects personal conscience, we should consider this legislator to be an upstanding Catholic.
Today's Gospel reading refutes this interpretation; for a genuinely Christian person's conscience is based on the precept that human life, created in God's image and held in being by Him, is sacred. Jesus' teachings imply that genuine believers in Him must form their conscience in keeping with God's love and truth. The Holy Spirit Whom Christ will send after His departure will provide them the knowledge and power needed to live in God's holiness. Man has but two choices--to obey God and live in freedom, or to sin and become enslaved to self and Satan.
This Easter season's readings emphasize the marvelous ways in which the Holy Spirit increased Christ's Church. Today's reading in "Acts" is but one example--a prison earthquake that broke the chains and lock confining Paul and Silas. The jailer, afraid that he had lost his prisoners, considered suicide, but seeing that they had not escaped, was moved to ask how he too, like them, could be saved and share in their fearless peace. He then brought the prisoners to his home where they shared Christ's good news, causing his entire household to be joyfully baptized into Christ. The Spirit remains with us now as then and will make His home in those hearts that receive and obey Him.
Christ, crown of God's creation, fill us with faith, that we too may be crowned with the joy of rising to a new, fearless life. May our every day bring You praise and honor. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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