Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 22, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

cts 20:17-27
Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
John 17:1-11

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are. (John 17:11)

A nationally known theologian wrote in a column for a diocesan newspaper in which he scoffed at the efficacy of prayer in solving Church problems. One wonders how this Catholic "scholar" could dismiss the many examples in Scripture that emphasize the necessity of prayer, our drawing close to God, that we may learn to better know, love and serve Him. If Christ, the God-man spent entire nights in prayer for guidance and power to know and act in His Father's will, how much more should we mere mortals establish a loving, intimate, daily communion with our God, however brief it may be.

Today's Gospel records Christ's prayer to His Father for His disciples who were chosen to bring to the world His message of salvation, joy and peace. Our all-good, all-knowing and all-powerful God never ignores a single word or thought of those who desire to become His children by growing in likeness to His Son, Jesus Christ. When we pray to our God Who is Love, we open a portal through which His grace, His loving and healing power, can flow to that person or situation in need of His attention. What may seem an unanswered prayer is actually God exercising His greater wisdom or better timing.

Prayer and action are inseparable. It is folly for us to try serving God with works and projects of our own making. Recall Jesus berating those aggrandizing themselves by doing works in His name that were unrelated to His wishes. Let us learn to seek guidance rather than act impulsively; let us first listen in prayer to the "still, small voice" of His Spirit.

Eternal Father, You desire that we, created in Your image, will draw close to you in prayer, learn to reflect Your love and so attract others to life with You now and unto eternity. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

St. Rita of Cascia, religious

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