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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 2 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 14:21-27
Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Revelation 21:1-5a
John 13:31-33a, 34-35

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Each of the seven Sundays after Easter describes for us the reactions of the apostles to the news that Jesus was even more alive after Good Friday than He was before His death on the cross, as they began to understand that He had to die in order to accomplish His mission from the Father, freeing mankind from the ancient curse.

On this Fifth Sunday, each of the readings shows us how the apostles became more and more confident about the future. In the first reading, Paul and Barnabas have just completed their first missionary journey. In village after village, as only a few of the Jews accepted their message, they turned to a receptive gentile audience. Now they know this is God's plan, a truly "catholic" Church in which God welcomes both Jews and non-Jews to the Good News of salvation.

In the second reading from the "dream vision" of John, the Book of Revelation, God describes through mysterious, symbolic language, what the future will bring for the Church. It will bring much suffering, rejection, and martyrdom, but it will also bring final victory and eternal joy to the vast multitude of those "washed in the Blood of the Lamb." The old order has passed away. From the throne, God promises: "Behold, I make all things new." His Church, therefore, is to be dynamic and flexible with eyes always fixed on its purpose of bringing all to salvation.

In the Gospel, taken from Jesus' farewell discourse just hours before His betrayal by Judas, their Master and Lord solemnly reveals to them a new commandment. Love, "agape," self-sacrificing love for one another, is to be the sign by which all will know they are His followers. That love is to flow through their faith and good works into the structure and authority of His Church, as well as to form the basis for its ministry. "This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35)

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29@yahoo.com

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Lives of the saints:

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


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