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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 15 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 18:23-28
Psalm 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
John 16:23b-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

So that your joy may be complete. . . . (see John 16:24

Ask and you will receive. The trick is that you must ask not for what you want, but for what you need. And the first thing one needs in order to pray in such a way is to know the difference. So a good first prayer is always, "O God, please help me to know what I want, what I need, and the difference between the two." In knowing this difference, in knowing how to pray, "Your joy will be complete." Not your happiness--that will be complete only in heaven. But your joy. What does this mean?

Joy is a picture of future happiness--it is happiness that is not contentment, but happiness infused with deep hope and deep desire. Joy is both more and less than happiness--and as C. S. Lewis tells us, "Joy is the serious business of heaven." That is, joy, hope and happiness are the promise of heaven to come and a taste of heaven on earth. When we can distinguish between what we want (often disordered desires) and what we need (the spiritual things that will make us whole), we can know joy.

So, our prayer should be directed to letting God show us what we need, and to welcoming what we need into our lives and our hearts. These things will transform us into the image God has of us, and in that, our joy will be complete.

~ JuandelaCruz | email: sriddle415(at)yahoo(dot)com

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Lives of the saints:

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