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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 7 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 15:22-31
Psalm 57:8-10, 12
John 15:12-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

This is my Commandment: Love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)

Our reading from "Acts" reveals that in Antioch errors were being taught to the Gentiles converted to Christianity by "Christians" converted from Judaism. They confused and upset the Gentile converts by insisting that to be saved, they must also obey certain Judaic practices such as circumcision. Paul and Barnabas, Antioch's legitimate teachers, sought help from Jerusalem to aid them in correcting these errors. In response, they sent a letter and two of their prophets to confirm the accuracy of Paul's and Barnabas' original teachings. Peace was restored when the Antioch converts were assured that they need only abstain from eating meat sacrificed to idols and also from those animals strangled to death instead of being "bled out" as required, being made free of blood. Finally, those closely related within a family must not intermarry, nor should the unmarried indulge in fornication. In essence, all the laws should be kept in the name of love, for each in its way promotes peace and the good of all.

The basic premise of today's readings is to seal the new covenant established by Christ and put an end to the "old" which required the physical sign of circumcision for all males. In our gospel, Jesus Christ expresses living obediently in God's love, becoming a living sacrifice through a humbled, self-giving heart. He exhorts His Apostles to practice this greatest love, that which may cost them their very lives, or at the least to totally give their self-will and independence to God. Jesus has chosen and appointed them to bear lasting fruit, for they have received the gift of "faith" and He has prepared them to share all that the Father has revealed to Him. Should they face problems or have needs in carrying forth the salvation plan, the Father will provide them with all they ask in Christ's Name.

O Blessed Lord,
the Living Word of God's infinite love, be ever with us to guide us through life's challenges, that each in our small way may make You visible in this world.

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

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

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