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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 10, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
John 6:44-51

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles we hear the story of how Philip heard a pagan eunuch reciting words from the Prophet Isaiah. Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch answered, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?

This little story tells us some important things about the Good News. First of all, there is something that draws people to it, even unlikely people. Secondly, if someone doesn't get proper instruction they won't understand it.

Today we might think that people really aren't interested in hearing or knowing about God. Although this can be discouraging and deter us from talking about heavenly things, if we do so we play right into the devil's hands. Like in the story of the eunuch, how could he come to understand if Philip didn't seize the moment to instruct him?

The lesson for us becomes clear, we must take those opportunities that pop into our lives to be heralds of the Good News, to share with others what we have known ourselves and have come to believe. Then, like Philip we might be the instruments that God uses to lead a person to the waters of Baptism or back into the waiting arms of Mother Church.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd (at) hughes (dot) net

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