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

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 12, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 9:31-42
Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
John 6:60-69

A reflection on today's Scripture:

All that we have and all that is—is a gift from God, including our senses.

It is curious, and a gift, that throughout all these years of Christianity the first line of today's Gospel has been preserved! It reads "Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said. . . ." (John 6:60) It raises the point that Jesus is always with us--but are we listening to Him? Are we letting the world of advanced technology fill up our capability of listening to the Lord?

Another thought from the Gospel also has to do with our senses. Christ said to Peter, "Do you also want to leave?" (John 6:67)

Though we may never have considered leaving Christ as we know Him through our faith-beliefs, might we sometimes "leave" Him, by failing to recognize Him in those around us? For instance, we might "leave" Him by failing to contribute to a worthwhile cause, if we are able. We might "leave" Him by our failure to find some time in the day to pray, to reflect.

Thank God for our senses; may we always use them for His glory!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
email: jmurphy (at) utica (dot) edu

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