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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 13 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 15:1-6
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5
John 15:1-8

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's First Reading we hear an account of how the Church in its infant stages experienced differing opinions about how the faithful were to implement the teachings of Jesus.

It is hardly different in any age, and indeed in our own life circumstances, where there is occasion to wonder, "What is it that Jesus expects His followers to do?"

The answer in truth is as all-encompassing as the commandment to love God and our neighbor. Yet, we often want to know, "What exactly does that mean? What exactly must I do—or not do?"

In the case of the early Church, it was a question of circumcision. In our own day, there are other questions.

As demonstrated by the lessons in Holy Scripture, the arbiter is not necessarily our own conscience, but a conscience that is formed within the context of the Church—the Church that has access to the promised guidance of the Holy Spirit. That means it is the Church that has the legitimate answers and teachings.

Why then, should we do differently than our predecessors who went to the seat of authority, the Magisterium of their day, for guidance, direction and answers to their difficult issues?

Let us examine our own commitment to the authority of the Church—the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church—and pray for ourselves and the world, that all might one day know and enjoy the peace and joy of the Risen Lord.

He has risen as He promised! Alleluia, Alleluia!

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Our Lady of Fatima

Lives of the saints:

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


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