Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 20, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 97:1-2, 6-7, 9
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20
A reflection on today's Scripture:
As we await the explosive events of Pentecost next Sunday, it is good for us to concentrate on the Gospel for this Sunday. In this section of Jesus' farewell address to His apostles the night before His passion and death, Jesus prays for all those who will one day believe in Him through the preaching of courageous witnesses like Stephen, the first martyr, in today's first reading. The last will and testament of Jesus is that "they all may be one!"
Even though Christians today seem so far from peace and unity, we must keep in mind that on the night before he died, Jesus' earnest prayer for unity extends far beyond his Resurrection, far into the future, even to Christians today. And his plea to the Father will never cease until unity has been achieved. We need to be aware that astounding progress has been made by both Pope John Paul II and by Pope Benedict to bring this about. Thanks to their efforts, we are closer today to unity with the Eastern Orthodox churches than at any time since they separated from Rome.
Spend a little time reflecting on the words from the second reading from the Book of Revelation: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." The world cannot end until all nations and all peoples have been drawn by the Spirit into the loving arms of the one God who died for all. At times we think of Christianity as going backwards. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The steady flow of today's martyrs to God's truth is moving us always forwards to that unity for which Christ still prays.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
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