Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 20 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Easter Season gives us a wonderful opportunity to read about the early days of our Church and to vicariously experience the effect of the Risen Christ and Pentecost.
What impresses me the most, is how fearless the Apostles and early believers, like Stephen were, and how beautifully they articulated the truths that Jesus taught. They had, it seemed, no overriding concern for their personal safety or a need for particular human respect. None of the things that might prevent us from being brave, held any sway with them.
It is not that they were haughty and belligerent, as if they of themselves had any intrinsic greatness or power, but rather they well understood that, in their lowliness, God had stooped down from heaven and given them a Savior. Ransomed from eternal disaster by the saving Blood of Christ, they overcame their natural fear and spoke with unprecedented braveness about the Good News of salvation.
So, I wonder what the lesson is for us? We too, are Easter people and like the apostles and the first martyr, St. Steven, have access to the Risen Christ and His Promised Gift of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps it is to understand that courage is a spiritual gift, and witness to the Truth is a matchless weapon, and that love and forgiveness, in imitation of Christ, is transformative and redemptive.
As they were stoning Stephen, a young man named Saul looked on, consenting to the execution. Stephen said, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them" and when he said this, he fell asleep." (see Acts: 8:1, 7:60)
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
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