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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 6 A..D. 2010


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Acts 2:36-41
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22
John 20:11-18


A reflection on today's Scripture:





In today's First Reading, we hear Peter telling the Jews that this Jesus, who they put to death, was both Lord and Christ. They were, it is said, "cut to the heart" and asked Peter and the other Apostles, "What are we to do?" It was the day of Pentecost.

The power of the Holy Spirit to transform once-hardened hearts into compelling witnesses is not a one-time event reserved only for the Apostles and those who responded to their exhortations, but an experience meant for everyone. To this very moment, the Holy Spirit continues, as on the Day of Pentecost, although not in the form of tongues of fire or the sound of a strong driving wind, to reveal to all that would listen that Jesus is both Lord and Christ.

Even if it's been a long long time since we were baptized, we, like the gathered Jews in today's Gospel, must also repent and and live like one newly baptized. The coming of the Holy Spirit, Baptism and Repentance are not static events, but conversion experiences and meant to radically change us, not just for the moment, but forever!

Then, with unequivocal conviction in this Easter Season we recall what radical conversion means and renew our baptismal promises and say:

I reject Satan,
And all his works,
And all his empty promises.
I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth
I believe in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord,
Who was born of the Virgin Mary,
was crucified, died, and was buried,
rose from the dead,
and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and life everlasting.
Amen.

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


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter



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