Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 9, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The opening prayer for today's Mass asks the Father: "May our sharing in this gift (Christ's glory and the sending of the Holy Spirit) increase our love and make our faith grow stronger."
Without knowledge and experience of the Risen Christ and His glory, our faith is in vain. Without the power of the Holy Spirit we are unable to share the glory of the only Son that we have witnessed.
What the Church prays for today has been accomplished in the apostle, Peter. He is an example for us. This familiar Gospel, with its threefold questions by Jesus and profession of love by Peter, is a familiar one. We know Peter's threefold denial of Jesus. Now, he makes a threefold profession of faith and love. His obedience to Jesus is greater than the denial. Peter has witnessed the resurrection of Christ and His glory--particularly at the Transfiguration.
Peier has received the Holy Spirit for the exercise of authority and the forgiveness of sin (John 20:19-23, the Gospel for Pentecost Sunday). He will be part of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church on Pentecost Sunday and the first proclamation of the good news for all (Acts 2: 1-11, the first reading, Pentecost Sunday, and immediately following that in Acts 2: 14-40, his Pentecost sermon.). The head of the apostles is the first to proclaim the good news for the entire world.
This is how Peter is fulfilling the promise of faith and the pledge of love he made to his Savior. It is how the Holy Spirit is at work in him. His faith was strengthened and his love increased as Jesus drew courage from his heart. This courage would lead him to accept the kind of death he was to die for the Lord.
St. Paul's last journey is the focus of the first reading, today. Paul was one who professed faith and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. How similar were the ways of Jesus in his life. Paul had to profess faith, let love heal, and courage be the fuel for his obedience.
Ss. Peter and Paul, with all the apostles, martyrs and truly, all the saints, are examples for us. We pray that the gift we have received, knowledge of the Risen Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, increases our love as it did theirs and makes our faith stronger.
- Fr. Stephen Gratto |
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