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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 17 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 19:1-8
Psalm 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab
John 16:29-33

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Remember the Parable of the Sower and the Seed? (see Luke 8:4-15)

There is seed scattered on shallow ground. It takes root and with a little moisture it springs up. However, it wilts in the heat. This is a colorful reminder of people who enthusiastically accept a message about Jesus but whose commitment wanes because of difficulties or disappointments.

It appears this parable could be used to describe some of the disciples who assert their belief in Jesus now that he talks plainly. Yet, as Jesus points out, they will scatter at the hour that is coming, the Passion.

Isn't it humbling to be reminded of one’s occasions of weak faith and instances of shallow religious thinking or cowardliness?

Isn't it comforting to know that Jesus is well aware of this?

Jesus has taught them that He is the true vine and the Father is the vine grower. The Father and Jesus are one. We can live in Him and bear fruit. No shallow roots on this vine.

Jesus has made plain, the way of life to follow for grace, peace and joy. In this instance He says: "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples." (John 15:7-8). This obedience is a source of joy. (see John 15:11)

Jesus knows the disciples are frightened and He invites them to find peace in Him, by observing what Jesus has already done: "I have conquered the world."

Jesus' victory is the source of courage for the Christian.

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto | email: smartins@frontiernet.net

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

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