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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 13 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 4:32-37
Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5
John 3:7b-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

There was no needy person among them. (see Acts 4:34)

As a follower of Christ, it is a serious challenge to live the Gospel message within the context of our particular lives and circumstances. Extrapolating the Sacred Word into holy deeds is not always easy and the proper methods, not always clear.

In today's First Reading we hear how new believers sold their property and gave the proceeds to the apostles for distribution so that all might have enough of what was needed and none would go without. It is a wonderful example of Christian charity.

Authentic charity cannot be mandated or legislated by any earthly authority, but is a matter of the exercise of our free will to live the Gospel message. It isn't even as easy as a "do it unto others" mentality (as difficult as that sometimes may be), but a matter of loving others as Christ has loved us. It is sacrificial, even unto death.

Authentic charity is an ongoing attitude and response. It requires a habitual prayer life that reveals not just where there is a need, but as important, how to exercise our free will in imitation of Christ, in the face of need, so that none will go without.

Don't expect government programs or even the laudable activities of our beloved Church to entirely fulfill Christ's mandate to love and serve the needs of others. Instead, it is an ongoing response of a properly formed conscience and a heart determined to conform in likeness to the merciful and loving heart of Christ.

Such minds and hearts, when they come together, become a community of believers who are able, because of God's grace, to make certain there is no needy person among us. It is not a matter of human ingenuity or legislation, but grace and cooperation with grace.

"I give you a new Commandment;
love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34)

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

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

St, Martin I, pope and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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