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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 13 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23
Luke 24:46-53

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We hear a lot of talk about people's rights these days, but not quite so much about their corresponding responsibilities.

Since the day of our Baptism, we are proud to bear the title of Christian and we look forward to promised rewards if we lead good lives. However, the title "Christian" carries with it some responsibilities and we are reminded of them in the readings of today, the Feast of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

Christ instructed the apostles during the years of His public ministry and assured them that they would "receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them." He continued, saying, "You will be my witnesses." (Acts 1:2-8) We, as disciples of Christ, are to preach "repentance for the forgiveness of sin to all nations."

This might be a good time to reread the Acts of the Apostles. We can hear again the inspiring overview of the early days of the Church and realize once more the actual power of the Holy Spirit. We too have received the Holy Spirit!

How have we allowed the Spirit to work through us?

Will others refer to us as having been good Christians?

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS | email: jmurphy(at)syracuse(dot)net

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord

A Holyday of Obligation


Lives of the saints:

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


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