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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 21 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 8:1b-8
Psalm 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a
John 6:35-40

A reflection on today's Scripture:

When I was a kid about 12 years old or so, I watched my father, who was working in the garage, accidentally start a can of gasoline on fire. While he remained calm, setting the can on the patio outside, I grabbed the garden hose and starting spraying the gasoline fire with water. Among the shouts from my father to stop, I was shocked to see the fire spread and not die down! All I had accomplished in my attempt to help out was spread the fire as the gas, now floating on top of the water, caught fire and spread.

In the first reading today, we hear of something very similar happening. The religious leaders wanted to put a stop to the new Christian church so they began a severe persecution. What they had not expected was that their persecution actually helped the new Christians by spreading them out away from Jerusalem so they could preach and convert new members. So, in their attempt to put out the fire of Christianity by throwing water on it, they actually caused it to spread. I assume they were just as shocked as I was standing there with the garden hose in my hand!

By the way, my dad quickly put out the fire, smothering it with an old quilt. But as we know, nothing can smother the fire of Christianity!

~ Don Claunch, SFO | email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

St. Anselm, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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