Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 9 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The readings this Sunday are filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel is taken from Jesus' farewell address to His apostles at the Last Supper. Jesus tells them that He's leaving them for a while, but He will return. To quiet their fears, He promises to send them an "Advocate" who will remind them of all He Himself had taught them, and even more. If they really love Him, the Father and He will come and live in them! What a remarkable comfort that should be!
After Pentecost (which we'll celebrate in just two weeks), we know how powerfully Jesus' promise was fulfilled with a thunderous experience which left His followers incredibly changed into bold and courageous preachers of the Word.
Our second reading today gives us a glimpse into the work of the Holy Spirit at the first ecumenical council of the Church in Jerusalem. A momentous decision is made by the apostles gathered there, not to impose circumcision on the Gentiles. And the Holy Spirit agrees (it is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us). Clearly, God is not going to leave this new Church without Divine guidance.
Today's second reading from Revelation gives us an encouraging picture of the "end times" when the struggle between Good and Evil has ended, and the new city of Jerusalem has come down out of heaven, radiant as jasper, clear as crystal. The glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb. (see Revelation 21:23)
In the midst of the present crisis in the Church, we tend to forget Christ's promise that He will be with the Church until the end of time, and that the "gates of the netherworld will not prevail against it." As the Holy Spirit was with the Church at the beginning, so will it be until the final days of the world. More and more, we see a strong positive response from Pope Benedict XVI guided by the wisdom of the Spirit and the continued faithful sacrifice of its priests, sisters, and lay people in carrying out its mission.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Sixth Sunday of Easter
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