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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 2 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 9:31-42
Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
John 6:60-69

A reflection on today's Scripture:

"The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life." (John 6:63)

Our first reading shows Peter fulfilling Christ's promise to make him "a fisher of men." Imbued by the Holy Spirit's power, he converted many to Christ in Galilee and surrounding towns. This was once an area of religious unrest created by Saul (later called Paul), a Pharisee who argued against Christ's teachings. The risen Lord restored peace by appearing to Saul, asking him to explain why he had been opposing Him, but still in the darkness of unbelief and uncertainty, Saul was stricken blind.

His helpless state prompted much thought and prayer, time to reconsider his views on Christ which led to his regaining sight. Saul's conversion and healing also led him to speaking boldly about Christ, proclaiming Him as the Messiah. Meanwhile Peter continued to convert many in the region of Joppa where he raised a beloved and charitable woman from death. The growing number of converts evidenced that, as He had promised, Christ still dwelt in this world in the hearts and souls of those who faithfully obeyed God's Word.

At the last supper Christ promised His apostles that He would always come to them and all true believers in a special way. He would feed them both physically and spiritually in the appearance of the bread and wine which He distributed to them. He knew some would not accept His words, but believers have continued to this day to honor His gift of resurrected life by re-enacting at Mass His distribution of consecrated (blessed) bread and wine. When we receive Christ in this manner, we are agreeing to join Him in mind, heart and body to travel the same road to salvation as He did for us by dying to sin in our flesh and living in God's Spirit of love and truth.

O Father God, draw our minds and hearts to Christ, Your Word, who guides us by the light of His presence and the sound of His voice to our joyous destination -- eternal life.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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