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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 21 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 25:13-21
Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
John 21:15-19

A reflection on today's Scripture:

When you grow old, someone will lead you where you do not want to go.
(see John 21:18)

Paul had been a dedicated Pharisee, whose love for God and Israel's religion had led him to persecute Christ's followers, arrest them and take them to Jerusalem to be jailed. However in our first reading, Paul began teaching in Caesarea, now transformed into a zealous proclaimer of Christ's teachings that led many Gentiles and Jews to convert.

Jewish elders pursued Paul and tried to persuade local officials to send him to Jerusalem to be jailed for crimes against their religion. Both the governor of Caesarea and King Agrippa heard Paul's case, found him innocent of any crime but did grant him his plea to be heard by Caesar, for he had been accused in his jurisdiction.

Paul's trip to Rome was greatly prolonged by a storm, a shipwreck and was marooned in Malta by a severe winter. Upon his arrival he discovered no charges existed against him and spent the next two years preaching Christ's kingdom, as predicted by God.

Today's gospel shows Peter being given an opportunity by Jesus to repent and accept forgiveness for his triple denial of Christ, fearing that he too would be arrested. This was Jesus' third appearance to His disciples since His resurrection and it took place on the seashore after Peter and his crew had fished the entire night without a catch.

Christ told Peter to cast the net out once more to the right of their boat and they pulled in one hundred and fifty-three large fish. Commentators tell us this relates to Peter and the disciples being "fishers of men" and the many different people they will attract to Christ through faith, in obedience to God's Word.

Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him, and Peter responds three times, distraught but sincere, that he does love Him. Christ answers each time by telling him to feed and tend His sheep. Christ's true disciples must love as He loves, unconditionally, totally, sacrificially, for what we may lose in this earthly life we will gain far better for others and ourselves in eternal life.

O Blessed Redeemer,
strengthen the new life You have given us by opening the horizons of our minds and hearts to accept and share the light and love of Your Holy Spirit.

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

Friday, May 21, 2010
Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr,
and companions, martyrs

Lives of the saints:

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


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