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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 26, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 16:1-10
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 5
John 15:18-21

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Jesus sure knew how to say it all in only a few words!

If we are honest with ourselves, many of us wonder from time to time, how we are progressing in our spiritual lives. Jesus knew that we would have those thoughts, and He also knows what our lives are all about. We can't go to a local bookstore and find a measuring scale or tool—unless it is the Holy Bible! Today's Gospel provides one such tool!

Essentially, Christ is telling us that it won't be easy being a Christian. We will not fit into the world because He has chosen us out of the world! (see John 15:18-21) Isn't that an awesome thought?

So, we can measure ourselves against the standards of the world—the language, dress, religious values, decor in our homes, our choice of entertainment, our volunteer efforts, our general lifestyle, etc. Do we fit in or not? Each of us has to make that determination on our own. If we find that we don't fit into the values of the world that is probably good! It is a day-to-day struggle, but it is worth it!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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