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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 14 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
Psalm 113:1-8
John 15:9-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one's life for one's friends.
(John 15:13)

In today's Scripture, following Christ's Ascension, we see the early Church working to unify the teachings of its numerous groups. In Acts 1, Matthias is elected by the Apostles to fill the position vacated by Judas Iscariot who betrayed Christ's location to those seeking to arrest Him. Judas' action revealed his lack of the most important quality in one chosen to convey God's Word, being entirely imbued in His love.

That Christ had chosen Judas to be tested, was done to allow the inner man to act in keeping with his genuine feelings and thoughts about Christ as God's "saving" Word. Outwardly Judas appeared to be perfectly qualified for the Apostolate, being well educated with full knowledge of Christ's teachings and surely not in need of the reward money. But with all of God's servants, their love must result in faith, trust and obedience to His Word.

These latter traits are essential to Christ's choice of those best suited to effectively spread man's need for salvation and God's loving plan to "bring it to us." Today's Psalm implies that the lowly, poor, humble and needy are the most zealous in spreading God's Word; the rich and powerful are often too self-satisfied to see any need for improving themselves or their lives. Jesus stresses that He chooses His Apostles from those capable of loving Him and others as He has loved them.

Christ has prepared them for this difficult and totally self-giving life by sharing with them, now His friends, all that the Father has taught them. Therefore, in addition to obeying God's Commandments, the ultimate proof of their love is to do as Jesus will do, lay down His life for His friends. This sharing in Christ's death begins in this life by our negating selfishness and self-will for others' good. In offering His new life to others, our new life in Christ will flourish.

O Loving Father,
help us to follow Christ in His new creation, that we may be prepared for the coming of His kingdom and follow Him in His ascension to glory.

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

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Saint Matthias, apostle

Lives of the saints:

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


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