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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 22 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 18:9-18
Psalm 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
John 16:20-23

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Human beings have many feelings which are brought about by the events of our day-to-day lives.

Feelings such as love, anger, frustration, jealousy, sadness and others are part of being human -- an important part. As we should already know, it is what we do with these feelings, how we handle them personally and with others, that is important. If we were to read scripture, focusing solely on the feelings of Christ, we would be reminded that He enjoyed and also suffered these feelings. Christ often referred to Himself as the Son of Man. He is totally human as well as divine.

Today, there can be a tendency to act on our feelings and worry about the consequences later. People might also deny their feelings or bury them through increased activity. This is often done when people are in acute grief. That can even have negative health consequences.

In the gospel of today, we hear Christ informing the apostles about His departure from them, and telling them in advance that they will be saddened. But then He reassures them that they will see Him again and no one will be able to take away their joy.

Christ was helping them to anticipate and to plan on how they would handle their feelings.

How are we doing with feelings? It is an important part of attaining holiness.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

St. Rita of Cascia, religious

Lives of the saints:

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


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