The Catholic Calendar for Monday, April 30, 2007
Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

St. Pius V, pope

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3, 4
John 10:1-10

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

At thirst is my soul for God, the living God. (Psalm 42:2)

As we busily seek God’s presence in our own lives, we mustn’t fail to notice when one of our neighbors is struggling to understand the truth.

It can be a rocky road, even heartbreaking, when we can’t find concrete answers to some of our most challenging questions. King David had struggles of his own when he wrote today’s Psalm, “Send forth your light and your fidelity; they shall lead me on and bring me to your holy mountain.” (Psalm 43:3)

When God sees our soul longing for knowledge, He’ll either enlighten us, or work through another compassionate soul to help guide us. We shouldn’t be offended or discouraged by criticism, for when we close the door and sit alone with our pride, we obstruct our journey –- it is to our advantage that we draw encouragement from another, living and growing as we go. Soon we’ll recognize it was the Good Shepherd Himself who led us through the gate to fresh pasture; “I am the gate” so that we may “have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:9-10)

Then, we must be thankful we opened our heart to receive His wisdom, and our neighbor opened his for our spiritual advancement. “Then will I go to the altar of God, the God of my gladness and joy; then will I give you thanks upon the harp, O God, my God!” (Psalm 43:4)

– Elizabeth Tichvon (elizabethtichvon@comcast.net)

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