Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 24 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 9:31-42
Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
John 6:60-69

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Does This Shock You? (John 6:61)

Those gathered around Jesus were, as usual, moaning and groaning about how difficult what He taught was.

The response Jesus gave is almost humorous: "If you think that's difficult, just imagine how hard it would be if you saw Me ascending into My rightful place."

We are often the same with Jesus, complaining about how hard His teaching is, how heavy the cross we each have to bear is, how we could so much more easily bear the cross of that person across the street who has bad feet -- but not the person with the bad back!

Jesus is using good psychological strategy here. To get one to stop complaining, to stop focusing on the ever-present aches and pains of daily living, He asks us to think about how we would feel if we could be present and witness His glorious ascent into Heaven. Would we be shocked? Yes! So shocked that we'd probably not remember what Heaven was like even though we were blessed to see it.

So, the next time life has you down and you're feeling inclined to complain just a little, think about this: What if I were to see Jesus ascending to where He once sat at the Father's right hand? What a thought! What a challenge! What a way to bring ourselves out of our petty complaints and into the glory of His majesty! Alleluia!

~ JuandelaCruz | email: sriddle415(at)yahoo(dot)com

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

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