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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 30 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 13:26-33
Psalm 2:6-11
John 14:1-6

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
that what God promised our fathers
He has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. . . . (Acts 13:32-33)

In today's gospel, Jesus, at His last supper, prepares His Apostles for His death, telling them to have "faith," for He is going to His Father's house where there are many dwelling places. He assures them He will prepare a place for them, and at His return in the "end time" He will take them there to be with Him. Because they already know the way to where He is going, they were not to be concerned. Thomas asks how they will know the way unless He tells them where He is going. Christ answers: "I am the way the truth and the life." He adds: "No one comes to the Father except through me."

Jesus' first declaration means that He, the living Word of God, has shown the Apostles "the way" to live a holy life on earth by obeying God's "truth" which is inherent in the Father's love made visible to them in Christ. This will ultimately gain them a new life, starting here and continuing with God throughout eternity. Christ's second statement essentially repeats the idea of the first. Since Jesus has already shared the "way" to God by teaching them to live in His Word that is the "truth," He has led them to "new life." He, the Son, perfectly expresses the Father's image, therefore, to see, know and love the invisible Father is made possible only by our acceptance of His visible Son.

In Acts we again encounter those who refuse to believe in Christ although they are fully informed of the Scripture to which Paul and Barnabas refer as evidence that Christ has fulfilled all that the prophets predicted and the psalms describe. Despite the clear references spoken by those who had witnessed Christ's life through His words and actions and also related how the Pharisees had falsely convinced Pilate to permit His being put to death on the cross, the religious "experts" still rejected all the evidence. The testimony given by those who had actually seen the resurrected Christ and had heard His speaking of eternal life after earthly death were dismissed and reviled. Still, after twenty centuries of persecutions, lies and misinformation, Christ's Church prevails.

O Almighty and Ever-Living God,
give us the strength and courage to defend our faith in a clear, correct, gentle way to increase knowledge and attract many to its truths. Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

St. Pius V, pope

Lives of the saints:

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


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