Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 16 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today's gospel has been interpreted in a number of ways. Christ's multiplication of the loaves and fishes is seen by some only on the practical level, to satisfy the people's hunger, remove that distraction to capture their full attention. Others tell us the miracle took place to show God's glory and emphasize His compassion and generosity toward those in need.
Undoubtedly, both are correct, but commentators tell us John, the author of this gospel, expanded its meaning by using a Greek word "eucharistio" to express Christ "gave thanks." This connected Christ's power to it's source, His Father, and the twelve baskets of leftovers suggests to us that God pours His love upon us continuously and without limit.
John again uses this Greek word in the account of the "Last Supper" when Christ "gave thanks," then broke the bread and distributed it to His Apostles, telling them He is the broken bread and poured out wine. His Body and Blood is His total self-giving to nourish the new and sinless life He offers believers now unto eternity.
In "Acts of the Apostles" we again meet religious officials anxious to eliminate Christ's disciples who were attracting large crowds and threatening their authority. They had thoughts of putting them to death after they had escaped prison, released by an angel of the Lord, and returned to their teaching in the Temple.
However, Gamaliel, a deeply devout and wise Sanhedrin told them not to interfere with them by citing other groups such as theirs simply dissolving after a while, for they had not been ordained by God. But if this group is ordained by God, they cannot be destroyed and you will find yourselves fighting against God. Some ignore this advice today, yet His Church lives on.
O Blessed Redeemer,
our hearts overflow with thanks, for despite our many failures to make Your love known, You give Yourself eternally and without reservation.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com
Friday, April 16, 2010
Friday of the Second Week of Easter
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