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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 16 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 16:1-10
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 5
John 15:18-21

A reflection on today's Scripture:

If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. (John 15:20)

Today Christ speaks to us more loudly and clearly than ever before. Nearly two thousand years ago He was hated for telling the truth, but now we live in an age that has lost any sense of absolute truth and has reinvented a value system based upon the world's views -- self-gratification, selfishness, self-seeking and self-will. These have caused many to become ravenous for pleasure, money, possessions, and power -- while dismissing those values promoting fairness and self-giving. Moral "myopia" has made us comfortable with perversions of both truth and love.

For example, a human life is disposable if it comes about through an unfortunate error. Cohabitation has replaced the tedious work of commitment and faithfulness required by marriage. Several states have legalized same-sex marriages in the name of equality by qualifying partners to pension and insurance benefits. The reproductive act has become a loveless, sterile interlude to satisfy lust. Families face extinction through single-parent homes or children being shuttled between two angry, resentful people.

O God our Father,
through the love and truth that You have made clear to us through Your Son, help us to see and to live in the true meaning of freedom and justice. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

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