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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 30 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
Psalm 11:4, 5 and 7
John 21:20-25

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I have requested to speak with [Caesar] on account of the hope for Israel [Jesus].
(see Acts 28:20)

Today's readings show that God never misses opportunities to further His salvation plan. Recall how the risen Christ appeared to Paul to ask why he was attacking His teachings. This spectacular awakening led to Paul's conversion, his becoming a tireless teacher of Christ's message and bringing many into His Church. Israel's jealous religious authorities accused Paul of blasphemy against their Faith, a crime deserving death. Paul knew that under Roman rule they had no authority and so asked to defend himself before Caesar.

His voyage was approved, under guard, but the ship faced tempestuous weather. Paul calmed their fears and told them to go on under God's protection. When they reached Malta, their ship ran aground, allowing all to swim safely ashore where they were welcomed to winter. Paul soon distinguished himself as a man of God by shaking off a deadly viper, healing many of dysentery and explaining Christ's message of hope. In gratitude, the people amply supplied their new ship with provisions to Rome. When Paul reached Rome, he learned that the Jews had not filed a suit against him. However, he spent a fruitful two years there, receiving all who wished to hear Christ's message.

The final chapter of John's gospel is a pivotal point in Peter's relationship with Christ. Peter had a revelation from God that caused him to declare Christ to be the Messiah. This suggested to Jesus that His Father wished Peter to be entrusted with the keys to His kingdom. But at Christ's arrest Peter, fearing implication, swore three times not knowing Jesus. To redeem Peter's lies, the risen Christ asked him three times if he loved Him. The distressed Peter strongly asserted his faithful love, to which Christ replied that he must feed His lambs and His sheep. In summary, "love" requires obedience to God's Word, to the One Who lost His life in order to save ours.

O Blessed Father,
Your Word brings us truth and our obedience to His Spirit enables us to bring His love into this world, our only means of achieving true and lasting peace.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

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