Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 7 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17
John 13:21-33, 36-38
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In John's Gospel today, we are reminded how Jesus continued to follow God's plan for Him despite knowing the pain and suffering that lay ahead. Today at the supper, Jesus identifies Judas as the one who will betray Him and asks that Judas do what he has to do -- swiftly.
So much has been written on and reflected on the Holy Week proceedings and scripture, that we might find there is little more insight and inspiration we can gather from these scriptures. However, Jesus always speaks to us in the now, so today's readings also have a direct relevance for us -- for today -- for now.
Today, we can reflect on responding to God's calling in our lives with our hearts and minds -- even if that brings pain and suffering. As humans we tend to recoil from pain and suffering and avoid it at all costs -- however paradoxically, it can be through pain and suffering that we experience the greatest growth and human expansion.
Our lives are a sequence of mini-births and mini-deaths. We are called to make room for the new as well as remove the old -- habits, routines, ways of thinking -- that don't serve our spiritual development any longer. Jesus challenges us to follow the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit through this constant process, moving forward through pain to bring us closer to Him.
This week, let us have the courage to do what we know is right, and respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit -- unafraid of the future -- knowing that all is well; all is as it should be.
- Clia Doyle
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tuesday of Holy Week
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