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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 20 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
John 17:20-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Those of us who have been at the bedside of a loved one who is dying remember vividly their last words. The mind seems to have a way of preserving them clearly years later, as though they were just spoken. The Church's liturgy over the last several days has been reflecting on the last discourses of Christ, as they are called, the words He spoke at the Last Supper, the night before the crucifixion.

The gospel of today reflects on what we know as the unity prayer, a part of that discourse. Christ instructed those present on their role for the future, but also reassured them of His love. Christ prayed "that they all be one." (see John 17:21ff) His reference was to the relationship He has with the Father, "as you are in me and I am in you." (ibid.) He told the apostles that He wanted them to be with Him "where I am." He shared with them that He had loved them as much as the Father loved Him. (ibid.) What loving words of departure!

These words are also a challenge to us regarding our role in the world. At our death will we truthfully be able to say, "I have loved those you have given me God, as much as you loved me"? These last messages of Christ provide a wealth of insight for our spiritual life and are worth many hours of reading and reflection.

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

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Lives of the saints:

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


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