Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 15 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
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:
Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
(c) A.D. 1991-2003 The Way, The Truth, The Life. Permission granted to make reprints or to post the Daily Meditations on any web page, except for profit.
ARCHIVED Meditations at: ABCs Of Faith
Daily Meditations in English: at The Journey-Daily Meditations
Please pray the Liturgy of Hours, PC or Mobile Device: http://www.liturgyhours.org/
Please recommend our websites www.abcsoffaith.com and http://www.daily-meditations.org/ to your friends and Catholic webmasters.
See the meditations online at our Blog: http://dailymed.blogspot.com
(c)1986-2004 Reprints permitted except for profit. Credit required.