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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 2, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 5:17-26
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
John 3:16-21

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The First Sunday of Lent included the account of the sin of Adam and Eve. Now in the great Easter season, the Church celebrates the restoration.

The opening prayer today says, "God of mercy, you have filled us with the hope of resurrection by restoring man to his original dignity." Jesus Christ's saving act is restoration of God's original plan, "a life of perpetual love" (opening prayer).

Adam and Eve walked with God. This was the great dignity and the experience of a perpetual love. Even after the exile had begun, God drew near to Abraham, Sarah, Moses and others and they walked and spoke. But, alas, only the High Priest got to go into the temple to the Mercy Seat. No one else got to speak with God in such a way.

But one from the heavenly temple, would come as: "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." (John 3:16-17)

He is the Eternal Word, the Living and True God. God walks with us. The original dignity is restored by our share in the Cross through Baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit through whom our groaning becomes true prayer and all that we need to know is brought to us. The fullness of the Word is a truth that the Bible does not indicate Adam and Eve had known: the divine love of the Trinity, the communion of love.

In Acts, the delivered apostles speak again about this Word of Life. They teach, even at risk of being imprisoned again. They walk in the light, not in the dark and their works are clearly seen as done in God.

Like them, the faithful bow in gratitude and give praise, for God's saving deed is a person, the Son, and the Living Word is animated by the Holy Spirit. With them the faithful rejoice in restoration of dignity, which is to walk with God. And like them, the faithful will try to live the truth so that each one's "works can be clearly seen as done in God." (John 3:21)

- Fr. Stephen Gratto |
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St. Francis of Paola, hermit

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