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Friday, April 23, 2004

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St. George
St. Adalbert

Acts 5:34-42
Psalm 27
John 6:1-15

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god almighty!

"There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and a couple of dried fish, but what good is that for so many?" —John 6:9

The Lord not only created creation but also the laws of creation. Consequently, He is not subject to these laws, especially as we human beings imperfectly understand them. Jesus shows His lordship of creation in many ways. Sometimes He does miracles, that is, works which go beyond the laws of nature as we presently understand these laws. The Lord parted the Red Sea, stopped the Jordan River from flowing, made the sun go backward, instantly healed countless blind, deaf, dumb, and lame people, and multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed several thousand people (Jn 6:11ff).

After we know and believe in the Lord as the all-powerful Lord of creation, we are prepared to believe in even greater expressions of God's power and majesty: for example, His body and blood under the appearance of bread and wine, and His and our bodily resurrection from the dead.

For our Easter meditation, let us meditate on and pray about the following quotation from the Roman Catechism: "Nothing is more apt to confirm our faith and hope than holding it fixed in our minds that nothing is impossible with God. Once our reason has grasped the idea of God's almighty power, it will easily and without any hesitation admit everything that [the Creed] will afterwards propose for us to believe — even if they be great and marvellous things, far above the ordinary laws of nature" (Catechism, 274).

Prayer:  "God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth," I believe in You.

Promise:  "The apostles for their part left the Sanhedrin full of joy that they had been judged worthy of ill-treatment for the sake of the Name." —Acts 5:41

Praise:  St. George, a Roman soldier, defended the persecuted Christians and was martyred for speaking of his faith (2 Cor 4:13).

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, October 9, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 14, 2003