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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 29 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 13:13-25
Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27
John 13:16-20

A reflection on today's Scripture:

It's sort of funny how we change as we go into adulthood.

Most children are thrilled when asked to do an errand for their teacher and at times for their parents. A favorite job of many children at school, years ago, was to be asked to help erase the blackboard. The white chalk dust would fly all over and our hands would be white, but we felt happy to help!

Gradually over the years we begin clarifying our identity and gain a sense of autonomy. Sometimes that sense of self-importance can cloud our realization and imply that we, as messengers of the Word and stewards of our bodies, are greater than the Creator. We can become the center of our own universe.

The reading for today pulls us back into reality. One of the last things Christ did before His crucifixion was to wash the feet of His apostles to remind them and us that we are not greater than the Master. As Christians, we are to serve one another. The gospel reminds us that when we receive another into our lives and serve them, we are receiving and serving Christ. (see John 13:20)
What an honor!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS | jmurphy(at)syracuse(dot)net

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church

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