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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 24 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 5:34-42
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
John 6:1-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Have we ever tried to set limits on God, by controlling what He might accomplish through us?

Can we even imagine God saying, "I've given once already," or "I did enough last year"? Granted, we all have limited financial resources and just so much physical and psychological energy. We do have a responsibility to set priorities, but do we come close to extending ourselves as much as we might?

Over the Easter season we have heard numerous examples about the generosity of Christ, for instance the washing of feet on Holy Thursday, and after the resurrection Christ preparing a meal on the seashore after the apostles had been fishing all night. The biggest example, of course, is Christ giving His life for us on the Cross!

Today's gospel is yet another example of a loving, caring Christ in the miracle of the loaves and fishes, where five thousand people were fed from five barley loaves and two fish. (see John 6:9)

How open are we to Christ?

How much do we allow Him to act through us?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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