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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 19, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 13:44-52
Psalm 98:1-4
John 14:7-14

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Christ was always making reference to His Father during His lifetime.

We read how He would go off by Himself, and often spend long hours conversing with His Father in prayer. Christ tried to help us realize that love for the Father in our own lives. He taught His followers how to pray the beautiful prayer, "The Our Father." In today's Gospel reading He tries to clarify for His disciples, and us, the identity of the Father. He shares that "if we know Him, we know the Father." (see John 14:7)

It is difficult for us, with our mortal nature, to conceive what the identity of the Creator is like. We tend to identify more with Christ, since He took on our human nature and identity. We likewise appreciate that in this life we will never truly see the Father, for if we did we would not be able to survive. This is where our faith comes in.

This does not negate our ability to foster love and devotion toward our Father. We can follow the good example of Christ and pray to the Father. We can also implore the assistance of the Father by our prayers to Christ, for Christ informed His disciples that "whatever you ask in My name, I will do so that the Father may be glorified." (see John 14:13)

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
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