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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 29 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 8:1b-8
Psalm 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a
John 6:35-40

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we hear about a great persecution of the early Church. It's a reading I don't think we hear in the regular cycles of Sunday readings or if we do, it's infrequent.

It is interesting because it points specifically to those persecutions of Saul saying that he "was trying to destroy the Church; entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment." It illustrates what an active role he played, not just giving orders, but entering peoples' homes and dragging them out.

The scene it paints demonstrates, all the more, how remarkable it was that he had a conversion.

For us it can be a source of great hope. First, that persecution of the Church is not new; yet the Church survives. And second, the ability of a human heart to be changed for the good.

Let us remember this when the events of our lives and the world tend to make us pessimistic.

By our prayers in union with Christ, may people in our time be brought to conversion and the world to peace.

The victory has already been won. "The Lord has risen as He promised. Alleluia! Alleluia!"

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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