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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 14, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
John 10:11-18

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I am the good Shepherd and I know mine and mine know me. (John 10:14)

At times I've been asked why I am so certain that there is a God, a Christ who loves me to the point of having sacrificed His life to save me from sin and spiritual death. I believe that today's Gospel gives us a clue. Though we may consider sheep to be dull-witted, they possess a natural wisdom or faith that responds only to the voice of their shepherd who leads them to life-giving pastures and safe waters.

Human needs are more complex, since we are not only physical creatures but also spiritual beings. Even the most primitive of today's tribes believe in a Supreme Being. We are born with a soul and spirit that naturally seek to communicate with our Creator-God because by nature we desire to improve ourselves and our lives; we especially hunger to be loved and to love. Yet, we seem never to find any true satisfaction until we begin to draw close to Him, and learn to participate in His blessed life of love and truth.

Our Good Shepherd beckons us to enter His "fold," to obey His call and respond by following Him. This means we are to die to pride and self-will, for these attitudes of mind and heart place "self" above all else and make us impervious to God's love and truth. Prayer and silent listening allow Christ to enter into the depths of our souls where He reveals His beauty and goodness to us and gives us an indisputable awareness of His wondrous love abiding within us.

O, most loving Redeemer, grant us the grace to die to self so that we may be enabled to receive and participate in Your divine life, and make You visible in this world. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko (at) twcny (dot) rr (dot) com

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