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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 5 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Matthew 28:8-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Alleluia! We read the scriptures with the joy and love of hearts reborn by witnessing the Risen Lord! We read with the Church an Easter scripture. I take up Psalm 16 which the Church gives us because no less an authority than the Vicar of Jesus, Peter, preached it. I saw the Lord ever before me; with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue exalted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope.

Jesus prayed this psalm in His devotion to the Father while on earth, praying with disciples and others in the Temple, at campfire, and on the journey up to Jerusalem. He prayed, even as He told them the Son of Man would suffer and die and rise on the third day. He prayed in the deepest trust ever known, in the Garden of Agony. The psalm celebrates a divine relationship and obedience. I think of the ardor of His labor and the tranquility of His soul. I am drawn to the agony of suffering because of the Incarnation and the bond of Father and Son tested on the Cross. He had prayed: "You will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption."

Peter recognized the great glory of the resurrection as for all, as Christ had taught. No hesitation here. "God raised Him up, releasing Him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held by it." Alleluia! The promise of Jesus is being introduced -- "I am the resurrection and the Life." Yielding up His spirit to the Father in dying, Jesus is raised by the Father to bring forth victory over death. "You have made known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence." How great is this promise made to me, if I heed Peter's preaching and believe in the Risen Lord! Like Mary Magdalene, I can be overjoyed. And I should be!

O Lord,
may the life we receive in these Easter sacraments
continue to grow in our hearts.
(from the Communion Prayer)

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto | email: smartins@frontiernet.net

Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday in the Octave of Easter

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