Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 13, A.D. 2001

2 Corinthians 3:4-11
Psalm 99:5-9
Matthew 5:7-19

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel of Matthew we hear Jesus' teaching concerning the relationship between the law of the Old Testament and prophets and the New Covenant. For those of us who have always been Catholic Christians this teaching may not seem necessary, but to the Jews who had always known only the Old Covenant, the heralding of the New Covenant must have been a tremendous jolt.

I heard a presentation on the Gospels where the presenter tried to help us imagine the mind-set of the Jews. He said, for us to begin to understand, we must consider how hard it would be for us if someone all of a sudden started teaching new spiritual truths and expanding on dogma and traditions that we hold dear and embrace. Is it any wonder that the prerequisite for acceptance of God's Word is something infused and not self-generated. Only with God's grace, which is always present, and our cooperation with grace, could anything like the acceptance of Jesus as Messiah occur.

Let us meditate on the truth that God's grace is always present, always ready to be poured into our hearts and lives and then let us consider that it is our fearsome ability to accept or reject grace that accounts for all else that happens.

On this Feast of St Anthony of Padua, beloved Saint for all "lost things" let us pray that he might intercede for all humanity who has lost innocence and the natural grace to respond with docility and love to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love proceeding from the heart of the Father and the Son.

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds

St. Anthony of Padua

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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