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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 2, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 18:9-18
Psalm 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
John 16:20-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I was truly blessed many years ago when I was with my wife when she gave birth to both of our children. It was an experience that I will never forget and will certainly remain the most vivid of my memories all the years of my life. I remember more clearly than I can explain the pain, hard work, sweat, tears and emotional ups and downs my loving wife endured in childbirth. I cannot begin to imagine what she or any woman experiences.

I also remember as if it was yesterday the moment my children were born. The nurse took the baby and handed it to my wife right after the baby was born and all changed in that instant. Gone was the pain and hard work, replaced by a joy and love so deep it is beyond explanation and certainly beyond description. Childbirth is the most difficult thing a woman experiences and also the most joyous of occasions.

Jesus tells us we must suffer in sorrow and weep with grief while the world seems to be in a constant party around us. However, He says our tears will be replaced with a joy like a mother of a newborn experiences the moment her child is born. Having witnessed the birth of my children, I get some small sense of how great the promise is that Jesus is making to us! We now grieve, we will one day rejoice in infinite joy upon seeing Him again.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch (at) bresnan (dot) net

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

St. Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church

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